GUAM OUTLAWS SHARK FIN TRADE

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Feb. 24, 2011) – The US island territory of Guam has banned the commercial killing of sharks for their fins.

Guam's Senate passed a bill which outlaws the sale, possession and distribution of fins, which are in high demand for Asian shark fin soup.

The measure extends a growing trend across the Pacific to shield the endangered predators from unsustainable fishing practices.

Palau, Hawaii, the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as Honduras and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, have passed similar laws to protect sharks.

Matt Rand, the Director of the shark conservation group - Pew - said that with 73 million sharks killed annually mainly for their fins, 30 per cent of their species are threatened or near-threatened with extinction.

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