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Victory! Ministry of Fisheries, Maldives: Will NOT be lifting the ban on Shark Fishing

Victory! Ministry of Fisheries, Maldives: Will NOT be lifting the ban on Shark Fishing

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Maldives Ministry of Fisheries Marine Resources and Agriculture
An official public statement released by the Maldives Ministry of Fishing earlier today can confirm they are not lifting the shark fishing ban.

“The Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture does not intend to permit a targeted fishery in the Maldives. The Ministry understands the concerned raised by fishers over impacts to their livelihood and welcomes open dialogue with all stakeholders on how to best protect our shared natural resources, whilst maintaining sustainable traditional means of livelihoods.“

Thank you to each and everyone of you who pledged your support and voice by joining in the conversation, signing the petition or joining the alliance.

We look forward to offering our continued support as we celebrate this safe haven and global sanctuary for sharks in the Maldives.

For over a decade sharks have been protected in the Maldives, their populations steadily recovering.

But this vital shark safe haven, could be coming to an end.

Despite the government promising to protect their sharks and rays, the Ministry of Fisheries is now discussing legalising the killing of sharks in the Maldives. This would decimate one of the last remaining shark sanctuaries left on earth, and have devastating impacts on tourism, which is the nation's largest economic industry.

However it’s not too late to stop this mass killing...

With your help, we can ensure the continuation of the nation's shark fishing ban. In a climate where over 100,000,000 sharks are being killed each year, keeping one of the last healthy populations safe is beyond critical.

Act now, add your voice and urge that the Maldives to keep their promise of protecting their marine life.

Help us achieve 10,000 signatures for us to present to the Maldives Ministry of Fisheries.  

Sign the petition below.
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