Lawrence S. Cartwright, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, The Bahamas
Earl Deveaux, Minister of Environment, The Bahamas
Eric Carey, executive director of The Bahamas National Trust (BNT)
Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation, Pew Environment Group
Press conference announcing new protections for sharks in The Bahamas.
The Bahamas is one of the premier shark-watching destinations for divers. According to the Bahamas Diving Association, shark related tourism has contributed more than US$800 million dollars to the Bahamian economy over the past 20 years. The country's 20-year-old ban on longline fishing gear has left Bahamian waters as one of the few places in the world where sharks are still thriving, but there have been no specific protections for sharks until now.
8:00 a.m., Tuesday, 5 July, 2011
British Colonial Hilton Nassau, 1 Bay Street, Nassau, N-7148
Passcode is "Sharks"
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