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Seized shark fins dumped in Pacific ceremony at climate change summit

Published on Sep 3, 2013 12:17 PM

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP) - The Marshall Islands symbolically disposed of confiscated shark fins at sea on Tuesday in a ceremony witnessed by regional leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).

The gesture underscored the progress made towards protecting the marine predators since the Marshalls declared a two million square kilometre shark sanctuary in 2011, Angelo Villagomez from the US-based Pew Charitable Trusts said.

Mr Villagomez said some commercial tuna fishermen still illegally cut the fins from sharks, even though they earned very little from the practice.

"Fishermen only receive a few dollars (per fin)," he said.

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