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Over 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries to meet the high demand of shark fins, despite the fact that healthy reefs are vital for tourism.

Science show that sharks help maintain the health of coral reefs, and Pacific Ministers are building momentum to conserve our iconic marine species.

The very first Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium opened recently in Samoa, demonstrating global leadership from the island region in protecting and conserving Pacific sharks and rays.

The Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium is the culmination of a partnership between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Government of Samoa, the Pew Charitable Trusts and Paul G. Allen Philanthropies.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Samoa, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, told SamoaObserver, “We have led the world to see that the future of our countries depends on proper management of marine ecosystems, creating and capitalizing on the momentum these realizations have created to ensure shark populations are finally getting the proper management they so need.”