France-Size Shark Sanctuary Created -- A First

Conservation & Preservation
September 25, 2009

The world's first shark sanctuary will protect the declining fish in waters off the tiny island republic of Palau, the country's president said today.

Johnson Toriboing announced the creation of a shark haven without commercial fishing during an address before the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

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"I believe the physical well-being and beauty of sharks reflects the well-being of the ocean," Toriboing told reporters at a news conference."It is my honor and opportunity to tell the world to join me to protect these species, which are on the brink of extinction."Sharks are increasingly under threat as the demand for shark-fin soup—a delicacy in many Asian countries—has risen worldwide. 

"The need to save the ocean and save sharks far outweighs the need to enjoy bowls of soup," Toriboing said. 

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