8 Aug 2011

Marshall Islands conservationist welcomes proposed shark sanctuary

2:15 pm on 8 August 2011

The Executive Director of the Marshall Islands Conservation Society is praising a proposal to create the world's largest shark sanctuary in the Western Pacific Ocean.

Last month's summit of Micronesian leaders in Pohnpei decided to begin the process of creating a regional sanctuary prohibiting shark fishing in an area of over three million square kilometres.

Mr Ishoda says initial policing of such a large area will present its challenges.

"Once we all come together and start to take the next steps in trying to provide effective monitoring and enforcement I still think it is doable.But we will need support from development partners and our friends who see this as an important initiative.Not only for us in this region but the whole world."

The Marshall Islands Conservation Society's Albon Ishoda