Sunday, 10 June 2007

Sharks at Risk as Traditions Decline

May 25, 2007 — Weather disasters, economic pressures and other problems have disrupted the lives of Pacific Islanders near Australia to the point that they too are now mismanaging their natural resources. This shift has led to dangerous declines, and even collapses, of shark, other fish and marine stocks, according to a new study

The conclusion comes in the wake of new detailed analysis of coral reef fisheries in the Solomon Islands, which have a population of around 500,000 people mostly from the Nggela culture. The Nggela traditionally believe in ancestor and nature spirits that can "curse" anyone who breaks fishing prohibitions.

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