The Bahamas has some of the richest shark populations in the Western Hemisphere, a legacy of creating the first and largest shark sanctuary in the western Atlantic, and a long-standing ban on longline and gillnet fisheries. We thank the Honorable Minister Michael C. Pintard, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, for continuing to support the Bahamas shark sanctuary and funding conservation efforts to create healthy and vibrant ecosystems in which sharks can thrive.
Please join us in thanking the Honorable Minister Michael C. Pintard for continuing to protect sharks and their habitat!
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To the Honorable Minister Michael C. Pintard:
Thank you for continuing to support the first and largest shark sanctuary in the western Atlantic, increasing the footprint of national parks to more than 2 million acres, having previously banned longline and gillnet fishing and establishing the Bahamas Protected Areas Fund (BPAF) Act of 2014.
We support and encourage The Commonwealth of The Bahamas in your continued efforts to protect our sharks and rays and meet the obligations of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.