By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari
Fiji will host a workshop in Nadi next week to discuss the implementation of international shark protections.
The Saipan Tribune reports that government officials from 11 countries will be in Fiji next week for the workshop scheduled for 11-12 February.
The International Shark protection was approved under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The workshop is hosted by the Fijian government, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Coral Reef Alliance.
Fisheries, environment, and customs officials from Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and The workshop will be conducted by marine biologists, conservationists, and trade experts from around the world.
Demian Chapman, an assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and assistant science director of the university’s Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, will demonstrate how to identify the fins of protected sharks.
Stan Shea, an official with the ocean conservation organization BLOOM, will discuss the shark trade in Hong Kong.
Another workshop is being planned in Southeast Asia later this year.
Nannette Malsol of Palau’s Bureau of Oceanic Fishery Management said “We’re grateful that the government of Fiji, Pew, and the Coral Reef Alliance are holding this workshop to help us implement these vital shark protections.”
Pew has worked for five years with governments in the Pacific at the domestic, regional, and international levels to protect sharks from overfishing.