Sharks play an essential rol in the health of our oceans


New Shark Reserve in the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands declared their waters a shark sanctuary on December 12, 2012.

“We are proud as Cook Islanders to provide our entire exclusive economic zone (EEZ), an area of 1.9 million square kilometers as a shark sanctuary,” said the Honorable Teina Bishop, Cook Islands minister of marine resources when he made the announcement today. “Together with our Polynesian neighbor, Tahiti Nui (French Polynesia), we have created the largest shark sanctuary in the World. We join our Pacific neighbors to protect this animal, which is very vital to the health of our oceans, and our culture.”



Within the reserve the possession and sale of shark products is completely forbidden.

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