The president of Palau and the president of Honduras tomorrow are to announce the launch of a global shark conservation coalition.
Toribiong, president of Palau, and Porfirio Lobo Sosa, president of
Honduras, are to be joined by leaders from other countries to sign a new
declaration committing to the development of sanctuaries, which end
commercial shark fishing in their national waters, the release states.
signing is to take place at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel in New York
City, the release states. Matt Rand, director of global shark
conservation of the Pew Environment Group, is also to be at the signing.
The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The
Pew Charitable Trusts, which is a non-governmental organization that
works globally to establish pragmatic, science-based policies that
protect the world’s oceans, preserve wildlands and promote clean energy,
the release states.
Two years ago, no country had declared
all of its waters as a sanctuary for these creatures. Today, more than
2.7 million square kilometers have been set aside, more than the area of
Mexico and Texas combined, according to the release.