Marshall Islands. In October, the Marshall Islands
created the world's largest shark sanctuary and introduced a
total ban on shark fishing in their waters. According to
Countryaah official site, the protection
area is close to 2 million square kilometers, just over four
times the size of Sweden. The shark is seriously threatened
by fishing, about a third of the sharks are red listed.
Sharks are particularly susceptible to fishing as they
reproduce and grow slowly. In recent years, several
sanctuaries have been created for the predator fish,
including in nearby Palau 2009. The new Marshall Islands law
means that fishing and trading of shark in the country is
prohibited. Anyone who catches a shark has to let go of the
living, and anyone who defies the fishing ban runs the risk
of fines. Some harmful fishing gear has also been banned in
the waters of the Marshall Islands.
On November 21, parliamentary elections were held. The
turnout was reported to be high. The result was delayed
because waiting for the postal votes from the US, where
about a fifth of Micronesia lives.