Conservation Measures With Serious Teeth

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON THE CONSERVATION OF MIGRATORY SHARKS

After three meetings – the first in Mahé, Seychelles in December 2007, the second in Rome in 2008 and a third in Manila in February 2010 – the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks was negotiated and signed. It commenced on 1 March 2010, the requisite number of signatures (ten) having been achieved in Manila at the end of the negotiations.

Now, for this week’s news, go to Section 3 Fundamental Principles (bottom of page 4):

8. Sharks should be managed to allow for sustainable harvest where appropriate, through conservation and management measures based on the best available scientific information.

Yes, we realize we have the power to manage things.  But has it come to this?  Managing sharks?  Let’s see what Paul Watson might have to say about this.

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