PH, countries called to protect marine ecosystem for shark species
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Marine conservation groups have urged the Philippine government to pass a comprehensive law to protect and conserve all shark species in the country even as it called the world’s nations to ensure protection of whale sharks and wedgefish, which are on the verge of being extinct. According to the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization, global shark population is experiencing an unprecedented decline because humans are driven by an annual trade value of $1 billion resulting in almost 100 million sharks being killed each year, with fishing rates exceeding the ability of shark populations to recover. Sharks are vulnerable to fishing pressure because they can take decades to mature and they produce few young, and they are also targeted for their fins for use in shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia.
Domingo, L. C. (2017, October 26). PH, countries called to protect marine ecosystem for shark species. The Manila Times, p. B5.
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Marine environment; Environmental protection; Governments; Animal welfare; Marine fish; Fishing; Shark fisheries; Fins; Illegal fishing; FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; Fishery regulations; Vulnerable species; Rare species; Species extinction; Rhynchobatus australiae; Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Greenpeace Philippines; Save Philippine Seas (SPS); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP); Cinches, Vince; Oposa, Anna; Yaptinchay, Arnel
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