WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Dec. 15) - American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono has issued an order prohibiting the practice of shark finning.

The order bans the landing or processing of fins brought in without a corresponding carcass.

Togiola said the preservation of the territory’s living marine resources, including healthy and sustainable fish and shark populations, should be a priority issue for the benefit of present and future generations.

The order coincides with U.S. government laws that prohibit shark finning in U.S. waters.

Shark finning involves cutting the fins off sharks and discarding the animal’s body at sea. The fins are considered a delicacy in many Asian countries.

December 15, 2003

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