Bahamas to Announce Shark Protections

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NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS — On Tuesday, 5 July, the government of The Bahamas will announce new protections for sharks in the country’s waters, approximately 630,000 square kilometers (243,244 square miles). This declaration is the result of a partnership between the Pew Environment Group and The Bahamas National Trust, which began just as a major Bahamian seafood company announced its intention in September 2010 to catch sharks and export their fins.

WHO:
Lawrence S. Cartwright, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, The Bahamas
Earl Deveaux, Minister of Environment, The Bahamas
Eric Carey, executive director of The Bahamas National Trust (BNT)
Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation, Pew Environment Group

WHAT:
Press conference announcing new protections for sharks in The Bahamas.

WHY:
The Bahamas is one of the premier shark-watching destinations for divers. According to the Bahamas Diving Association, shark related tourism has contributed more than US$800 million dollars to the Bahamian economy over the past 20 years. The country’s 20-year-old ban on longline fishing gear has left Bahamian waters as one of the few places in the world where sharks are still thriving, but there have been no specific protections for sharks until now.

WHEN:
8:00 a.m., Tuesday, 5 July, 2011

WHERE:
British Colonial Hilton Nassau, 1 Bay Street, Nassau, N-7148

CALL-IN:
Passcode is “Sharks”
1-800-311-9403 for U.S.-based reporters
1-800-867-1164 for Bahamas-based reporters
+1 334-323-7224 for all others

PLEASE RSVP IN ADVANCE

B-ROLL AND STILLS WILL BE AVAILABLE:
Contact: Dan Klotz, +1 202-887-8855 or dklotz@pewtrusts.org for details.

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