04/25/2012 - A recent study into shark-dive tourism in Fiji is suggesting the need to declare a shark sanctuary if the country is to sustain its multi-million dollar industry.
The manager of global shark conservation with the Pew Environment group, Jill Hepp, says it shows a healthy shark population is important to both the ocean ecology and Fiji’s economy.
She says in places where there is no legal protection for sharks, the shark population rapidly declines.
“Estimates suggest that 30 percent of shark populations around the world are threatened or near threatened with extinction. Scientists have shown that up to 73 million sharks are killed every year to support the shark fin trade, primarily for shark fin soup. What the study shows is that sharks alive in an ocean are much more valuable than sharks dead and in a bowl of soup.”
Read the full article, Shark Protection Seen as Beneficial for Fiji, on Radio New Zealand International's website.