PETITION TO BAN SHARK FISHING IN AMERICAN SAMOA

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (May 17, 2000 – Radio Australia)----A petition calling on the Honolulu-based Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council to ban shark fishing, is being circulated in Pago Pago.

The petition, originated by local businessman and Management Council member Frank McCoy, is directed at a recent move by the Council to allow the continued hunting of sharks in Hawaiian waters, with certain restrictions.

The Council voted in March to limit the Hawaiian longline fleet to 50,000 blue sharks annually and one shark per trip for other species.

(See: VIEWPOINT: Shark Finning Must Stop at http://pidp.ewc.hawaii.edu/PIReport/2000/May/05-10-17.htm .)

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