Pacific Scoop Report – By Jessica Tasman-Jones.
Around the world sharks strike fear in ocean swimmers. But while five people die from shark attacks in an average year, millions of sharks are killed through human fishing.
Last month, five Pacific states and territories signed an agreement for the conservation of the creatures.
The agreement was part of the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS) memorandum of understanding which aims to conserve shark population numbers.
The memorandum – which is not legally binding – was developed at a United Nations-backed meeting held in February this year.
At the time of the meeting, 11 states signed the agreement while Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands signed the CMS agreement at the 21st meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) held in Papua New Guinea last month.
A significant cause of declining shark numbers is the popularity of shark-fin soup.