Good News For Sharks - If They Live in Palau
The president of the Pacific country, Palau, Johnson Toriboing, announced some good news for sharks. He made the announcement that the entire territory controlled by Palau will become a sanctuary for sharks. The territory can be compared in area to France.
"Located roughly 500 miles (805 kilometers) east of the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean, Palau is made up of about 200 small islands and is one of the world's smallest and youngest nations. (See map.)
But what it lacks in land, Palau makes up for in water: Its territorial waters span more than 230,000 square miles (600,000 square kilometers)—an area about the size of France.
All of that water is now safe harbor for sharks." National Geographic News
Sharks are being sought world wide to satisfy the demand for sharkfin soup. They are becoming endangered in many areas of the world oceans. Sharks are essential in maintaining the health of the ocean as they help to keep the fish populations in balance. Some areas that have practised strict conservation of sharks have found that the variety of sea life rebounds to healthy levels.
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