The Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Walter Roban delivered a Ministerial Statement outlining the importance of protecting sharks and the giant manta ray. Sharks have been heavily fished around the world, and because of this many shark species are threatened and on the decline.
As a note, at least 20 species of sharks have been found in local waters. Minister Roban indicated that a number of these species have only been observed occasionally, and the majority are considered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to be endangered, vulnerable to extinction or close to being threatened with extinction.
For your reference, please see attached the Minister’s Statement in full as well as audio of his remarks here: https://youtu.be/zaEqWYcrxgA.
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