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Fisheries, Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands considers ban on shark finning

The Marshall Islands parliament is considering a bill to ban shark finning.

The Marianas Variety reports that the new bill wants to halt the possession, sale or transshipment of any shark part with fines for violations ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 and jail terms of up to a year.

Hawaii Senator Clayton Hee, who is testifying in support of the proposed legislation, says shark fishing is not a Pacific island legacy, but rather, an industry driven by an Asian market for people who are wealthy to indulge in eating shark fin-related products.

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