WPTV feature on Bahamas shark fishing ban

A new law which effectively makes Bahamas waters a shark sanctuary went into effect yesterday (July 6). The law which prohibits commercial shark fishing applies to an estimated 243,000 square miles, according to the WPTV report. Shark-related eco-tourism has brought in over $80 million to the Bahamian government.

It’s worth pointing out that at the end of this feature, the reporter mentions Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering adding more protected species “like the great white.” The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is already protected in Florida waters according to the FWC and NOAA.

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