New Caledonia Bans Shark Fishing And Feeding

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Victory for Sharks!

Victory for Sharks!

New Caledonia (New Caledonia (French: Nouvelle-Calédonie) a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean) is to join other Countries in the region to outlaw Shark fishing and the adrenalin sport of Shark feeding.

The move comes amidst worldwide data that indicates Shark populations have been decimated by up to 90 per cent over the last century. This mass extinction is said to be throwing marine biodiversity into a state of disarray.

As we as a species decimate the top predators of the ocean, we inadvertently upset the balance of the entire planet.

The government of New  Caledonia says it has decided to ban fishing of sharks, which are  being decimated to feed growing demand for luxury goods.

‘New Caledonia took the decision to ban the fishing, capture,  detention or commercialisation of all species of sharks’ in its  exclusive economic zone (EEZ) — an area roughly the size of South  Africa, authorities in the French territory said.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO),  humans kill about 100 million sharks each year, mostly for their  fins, which are used for expensive, luxury soups in China.

Conservationists warn that dozens of species are under threat.  Over the past 100 years, 90 per cent of the world’s sharks have  disappeared, mostly because of overfishing, the FAO says.

Shark-fin soup was once a luxury enjoyed just by China’s elite,  but as the country’s 1.3 billion people have grown wealthier and  incorporated it into their festivities, shark populations have been  increasingly decimated.

The government of New Caledonia also banned so-called  ‘shark-feeding’, a popular adrenalin-fuelled tourist activity that  consists in giving food to the animals to observe them from a close  vantage point.

The territory joins other countries in the region to have  created shark sanctuaries, including French Polynesia, Palau and  Cook Islands.

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Shark feeding for thrills.

Shark feeding for thrills.

Ban on Shark feeding

It is not clear why the region has also banned Shark feeding which has become a popular pastime in the area. Shark feeding allows divers to get up close and personal with Sharks in a “controlled” environment.

Ocean In Decline

As the worlds population of Sharks declines due to over fishing and the harvesting of Shark fins for Shark fin soup, the entire delicate ecosystem of the oceans suffer.

Shark attacks have increased over the last few years and Marine scientist are blaming global warming and a decline in fish populations for this anomaly.

Despite growing unfounded fear of Sharks it is good news that some Governments are stepping up the battle to save our seas and the creatures that inhabit them!

What are your thoughts on the current state of Shark populations? Do you think more ought to be done to preserve the top predators of our Oceans?

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