07 Jul '11, 2pm

Shark Fishing Banned in the Bahamas

Shark Fishing Banned in the Bahamas

An amendment to an important fisheries law was made recently to ban all commercial shark fishing in the Bahamas. Sharks in 200,000 square miles of Bahamian waters will be protected from commercial fishing boats from now on. Sharks in the Bahamas are actually in fairly good health, relative to other areas where they are being depleted rapidly due to the huge demand for shark fin soup. Shark-related tourism has generated about $800 million for the Bahamian economy over the last twenty years, it was estimated by the Bahamas Diving Association. In 2010 about five million tourists visited the country. (The total population is just 350,000. ) Tourism generates nearly of the country’s entire yearly GDP. Additionally about half of the country’s workers directly or indirectly depend upon on tourism for their income.

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