Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hard for all states to ban shark hunting, says Tee Yong


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s ban against shark hunting is laudable but may not be feasible for the rest of the country for now, said Deputy Agri-culture and Agro-based Ind­ustry Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong.

He said this was because such a ban would involve various authorities, unlike that in Sabah, where the State Tourism, Culture and Envi­ron­ment Ministry had announced the move.

“We cannot make such a decision on our own. We need to discuss with the other agencies, including the Natu­ral Resources and Envi­ronment Ministry,” he said after opening an international symposium on the development of integrated pest management for sustainable agriculture in Asia and Africa yesterday.

“It will also involve presenting papers in the Cabinet before any decision is taken,” added Chua.

Sabah’s ban against the hunting of sharks for their fins showed the state’s commitment in environmental protection and conservation efforts, he said.

However, Chua said it was still a personal choice of consumers in the peninsula when it came to eating shark’s fin.

Earlier, Chua said sustainable pest management and control systems were necessary for the longevity of the agricultural industry.

Source: The Star


Anonymous said...

Sabah government move to support an initiative of Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun to include sharks in waters around this Malaysian state on Borneo in the list of protected species has received mixed reactions from those concerned.

Anonymous said...

It was announced on May 10, 2011 in Kota Kinabalu that the State Cabinet felt that sharks must be protected before they become extinct in Sabah waters.

Anonymous said...

The branding of sharks can bring about added value to the ecosystems and without protecting these sharks, the dive industry will not be able to sustain and overall tourism industry in the state will also suffer.

Anonymous said...

There are over 20,000 online petitions to support the shark sanctuary in Semporna and it may even be the first conservation sanctuary in Asia.

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