Indiscriminate killing of sharks condemned by THA

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Indiscriminate killing of sharks condemned by THA

The Division of Food Security, Natural Resources, the Environment and Sustainable Development in Tobago has issued a call for members of the public to refrain from the indiscriminate killing of sharks.

This follows the release of a video on social media on May 1, showing several fishermen allegedly cutting up five bull sharks. Another shot showed what also appeared to be a larger fish tied up with ropes on the jetty.

In a media release, the division noted that sharks play a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of our marine ecosystems.

“We understand the concerns and fears arising from the recent incident. However, reacting to this isolated event (where a British tourist was recently attacked by a shark) by targeting and killing sharks indiscriminately is not only ineffective in preventing future incidents but also harmful to our marine biodiversity,” the release said.

It noted further that Trinidad and Tobago is committed to the conservation and protection of its marine resources, including sharks, through various national laws and international conventions.

The release said: “The Fisheries Act, Environmental Management Act, and Conservation of Wildlife Act all provide a framework for managing and safeguarding our marine wildlife. Additionally, as a member of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and a party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, we have a responsibility to adhere to international standards for shark conservation.”

The division further issued a plea to the public to refrain from engaging in any unauthorized hunting, capturing, or killing of sharks.

“Instead, we encourage the public to follow shark safety guidelines, such as avoiding areas where sharks are known to congregate, staying calm if encountering a shark, and reporting any shark sightings to local authorities,” it said.