Palau to Ban Shark Fishing

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Cornelia Dean


09/24/2009 - Palau, an island nation in the Western Pacific, is banning fishing for shark in its waters, Matt Rand, director of the Pew Environment Group’s shark conservation program, said Thursday.

Mr. Rand said that Johnson Toribiong, the country’s president, would announce the ban in a speech on Friday at the United Nations. Conservation experts with Pew, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, have been working with Palau on the ban, which they describe as a first.

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