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“No death to sharks,” says French gov.Posted 03 Aug 2012, by STABmag
Just days after the mayor of St Leu, a town on the French protectorate of Reunion Island, announced a plan to pay local fisherman to fish sharks “by any means, including spearfishing, day and night,” from the surrounding waters, he has been forced to withdraw it because it contravenes French conservation law.
The plan was enacted in response to several attacks off the island in the last 18 months, including three fatalities, and believed to be the result of a proliferating Bull Shark population. Indeed, in the days after the decision was made 300 local surfers marched on the Prefecture building in nearby Saint-Denis to declare their support.
But on Tuesday evening, concerned that it may be illegal, the mayor withdrew the order following a meeting in Paris with Victorin Lurel, the minister of overseas territories. French legislation prohibits fishing or hunting “by any means,” in marine protected areas.
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