News via the St. Maarten Nature Foundation:
Great News to Report: The Honorable Minister Franklin Meyers has just signed the Decree prohibiting the intentional catching and harming of Sharks, Rays and Skates in St. Maarten Territorial Waters! St. Maarten is one of the few countries in the world where shark conservation measures are in effect.
I’ll update this post with further details as they come to hand.
For some reason I didn’t cover this on Green Antilles when it happened, but after a sustained campaign by conservation groups and environmental activists, The Bahamas also banned commercial shark fishing earlier this year.
Have a look at some of the previous Green Antilles posts about sharks and shark conservation in the Caribbean.
[Photo: Vicki Vanderburg via scuba.com]