St. Vincent bans Shark Fin Fishing and Parrotfish Harvesting

We are happy to announce that as of December 1, 2019, shark fin fishing and parrotfish harvesting will be illegal in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

“This year we celebrate, as leaders in conservation globally, our achievements in protecting turtles, preventing the illegal trade of the Union Island Gecko, and soon a ban on harvesting of the parrotfish and on shark fin fishing.” –  Saboto Caesar, the island’s Minister of Fisheries

 

Sharks are important to our survival

Sharks keep our ecosystem healthy. Our existence is largely dependent upon theirs. Sharks have sat atop the oceans’ food chain, keeping our seas healthy for millions of years. And the oceans produce more oxygen than all the rainforests combined, remove half of the atmosphere’s manmade carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas), and control our planet’s temperature and weather.

 

Parrotfishes help cleaning the reef

Parrotfish eat algae and dead coral. They spend up to 90% of their day nibbling. In other words, they clean the reef. It digests algae and dead coral, produces up to 700 lbs of sand each year.

 

 

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