Organizations that support shark protection scored a major victory this past week when government officials in the Caribbean nation of the Bahamas passed legislation that bans commercial fishing of the majestic ocean carnivores.
The Bahamas join the Maldives, Palau and Honduras in deep sixing an industry that is responsible for killing approximately 73 million sharks per year.
"2011 is fast becoming the year of the shark," said Jill Hepp, manager of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group. "Today's announcement permanently protects more than 40 shark species in Bahamian waters. We applaud the people and government of The Bahamas for being bold leaders in marine conservation."
The ban covers more than 243,000 square miles of water that surrounds the island nation.
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