American Samoa is the latest Pacific territory to introduce protection for sharks and three species of rare fish, the Giant Grouper, the Humphead Wrasse and the Bumphead Parrotfish.
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PEW Environment Group News Release
American Samoa Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono issues an executive order that calls for a ban on shark fishing within three miles of the territory's ocast, as well as a ban on the trade, possession, sale, and distribution of shark parts, including fins. An executive order is a temporary measure that can be lifted. Hopefully a permanent law will be instated by the Department of Fisheries.
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