Province vows to protect Hammerhead sharks
June 5, 2017 6:31 am
The Rewa Province has taken steps to protect the Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks.
Roko Tui Dereketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, today declared a ‘Tabboo’ … meaning there is a total ban on fishing near the nursery area which is located at the Rewa river mouth.
Ro Teimumu says declaring a Tabboo for this area marks a new chapter for the sustainability of marine organisms.
“We are honoured that they have chosen our waters to come and breed here .We have always known of their existence and baby sharks being used for bait for fishing is quiet common .We have being informed that this is an endangered shark species making us realize that there is a need to protect this nurseries so that these sharks could grow and play their role in the marine eco system.”
Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks are listed as endangered species.
According to a research conducted by the University of The South Pacific this is the world’s largest nursery area for the marine species.
These sharks take seven to twenty years to mature and there breeding season is between October and April.