Marshall Islands Declares World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary
“We salute the Republic of the Marshall Islands for enacting the strongest legislation to protect sharks that we have seen,”
- Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group
The Marshall Islands is now home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary, an area of the central Pacific Ocean four times the size of California, The Pew Environment Group confirmed in a news announcement today.
The Washington-based conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit that works globally to establish pragmatic, science-based policies that protect the oceans, said the Nitijela, the Parliament of the Marshalls, passed legislation unanimously last week that ends commercial fishing of sharks in all 1,990,530 square kilometers (768,547 square miles) of the central Pacific country’s waters, an ocean area four times the landmass of California.