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Dominican Republic acts to protect sharks and rays

The Ministry of Environment is announcing on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, a complete ban on commercial fishing and sale and trade of all shark and ray species within the country’s 269,489 km2 (104,050 mi2) exclusive economic zone.

The Dominican Republic is the 16th nation to declare its national waters closed to commercial shark fishing, and extends shark protections across more than 19 million square kilometers (7.4 million square miles) of ocean, an area about the size of Russia and India combined.

The initiative seeks to fulfill the country’s obligations to the shark and ray trade regulations established during the previous two Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) meetings in 2013 and 2016. It also satisfies a commitment the Dominican Republic made at the Summit of Caribbean Political and Business Leaders on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands in 2013 to increase protections for sharks and rays across the Caribbean.

The announcement was made during an event at the Iberostar Bavaro Resort in Punta Cana by Deputy Minister Jose M. Mateo, director of biodiversity for the Ministry of Environment. Also participating was Jen Sawada, director of The Pew Charitable Trust’s global shark conservation campaign.

Source: DR1

Nov 16, 2017

Category: DR News |

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