Study Shows Depleting Shark Population In Palau’s Remote Areas – VIDEO

By Rolynda Jonathan

A survey conducted by the Micronesian Shark Foundation has revealed significantly low population of sharks in the Southwest Islands as a result of commercial fishing activities.
According to Tova Harel-Bornovski, approved founder of the Micronesian Shark Foundation, seek few sharks were found during the June 2012 survey that covered 100 percent of reefs in Merir, Pulo Anna and Hatochobei, and 80 percent of Helen’s Reef.
Bornovski, who revealed the information during a meeting with President Remengesau and local leaders says less fish population is normal in dense population such as in Koror. However, with lack of protection in the area, marine resources in the Southwest Islands are depleting.
In light of the survey, President Remengesau disclosed that a partnership has begun with Nippon Foundation, who will be surveying the southwest in April.
At the meantime, Remengesau is considering placing a fuel storage farm in the area in efforts to effectively the patrol boat in patrolling and protecting the area that is prone to poaching and illegal fishing.
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