Pew Environment Group has released a video of Honduran law officials burning a pile of illegal shark fins, while Honduran president, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, watched. President Lobo Sosa declared Honduran waters as a shark sanctuary last year. The burning of the illegal fins, which were primarily fins from nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum), was intended to symbolize Honduras’ commitment to enforcing shark protection laws.
Discovery News has recently posted some rare photos of a smalltooth sand tiger shark (Odontaspis ferox). The photos were taken by Francis Perez off the Canary Islands. The smalltooth sand tiger, which was first identified in 1999, is known to inhabit depths of up to 3200′ according to the Discovery News article, though it can sometimes be found in the shallows, which was the case with Perez’s photos. Head over to Discovery News to see the recent photos.
Last August the crew of the Idabel submarine captured a smalltooth sand tiger on film (seen in the clip above) at 900′ down off of Roatan, Honduras.
Discovery Networks recently uploaded the video above to their YouTube channel which focuses on recently passed legislation in Chile, Honduras, and the Bahamas that helps to protect sharks within those countries’ waters. Honduras and the Bahamas have recently banned commercial fishing making their waters a “shark sanctuary,” while Chile has banned the practice of shark finning.
According to the New York Times, Honduran president Porfirio Lobo Sosa will sign a bill into law today that will establish a permanent moratorium on commercial shark fishing in Honduran waters. The new law will affect 92,665 square miles off of the Honduran coast (including both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts).
The Times reports that the bill will be signed on the island of Roatan, one of Honduras’ most popular diving destinations.