Shark-Attack Survivors Plead for Shark Conservation

Publication: National Geographic's Nat Geo News Watch

Author: David Braun

09/13/2010 - Shark attack survivors from five countries will ask the United Nations today to adopt measures to protect sharks, according to a statement released by The Pew Environment Group.

The Washington-based conservation organization brought the survivors-turned-advocates to UN headquarters in New York to endorse the call for countries to end the fishing of sharks threatened or near-threatened with extinction, stop the practice of finning, and better manage fisheries to ensure long-term sustainability.

"U.N. member countries have an opportunity this week and next to address this problem when they refine their annual resolution on sustainable fisheries and review the Millennium Development Goals, which include a target to reduce biodiversity loss," Pew Environment explained in its statement.

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