7 Jul 2011

Fiji proposes ban on shark fishing

6:46 am on 7 July 2011

Fiji is looking at following islands in the Northern Pacific by regulating to protect sharks.

A ban on the trade in all shark products including shark fin is before the interim cabinet as part of a review of Fiji's fisheries management law.

Permanent Secretary of the Department of Fisheries and Forests Commander Viliame Naupoto says shark tourism has huge potential in Fiji and the species are more valuable to Fiji alive than dead.

He says the ban would still allow the consumption of sharkmeat by locals.

If the ban is approved, Fiji would join Palau, Hawaii, Guam and Northern Marianas in ensuring sharks are protected.