Réunion Island shark hunt called off

The Guardian is reporting that an order to hunt down bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) around Réunion Island has been revoked, due to the fact that the order could be in violation of French conservation laws.

St Leu mayor, Thierry Robert MP, had issued the shark hunting order earlier in the week after a surfer was killed by what was believed to be a bull shark. The order called on fishermen to hunt bull sharks “by any means.” The ordered offered a bounty €2/kg of live weight for each of the first 30 sharks brought in.

After meeting with France’s minister of overseas territories, Mayor Robert revoked the order due to legal concerns. French law does not allow for hunting or fishing “by any means” in protected marine areas.

You can check out the full article at The Guardian.

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