Beware silent waning of shark protection

Cramp, Jessica E., Simpfendorfer, Colin A., and Pressey, Robert L. (2018) Beware silent waning of shark protection. Science, 360 (6390). p. 723.

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[Extract] On 2 October 2011, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) declared the world's largest shark sanctuary, adding 1,990,530 km2 to the rapidly expanding shark sanctuary movement. News outlets praised the policy, citing its widespread local support and protection laws, the strongest to date (1, 2). Moreover, it was hailed a substantial victory because the government chose to protect sharks despite pressures from politically influential fisheries and other interest groups (3). However, in 2016, mounting pressure from those same fishing interests convinced members of the government to weaken the sanctuary law (4), and the global conservation community has taken no action in response.

Item ID: 57457
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Copyright Information: © The Authors, some rights reserved; exclusive licensee American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2019 00:32
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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