Mauritania Fishermen burn nets to save sharks

Date: 1/6/2004

The white fishing nets were piled onto pickup trucks and driven into Mauritania’s windswept dunes. There, they were flung into a large hole, doused with petrol and set ablaze. The burning of the nets was part of a landmark agreement to stop the Imraguen fishing shark and ray from Africa’s largest marine park along the barren coast of this impoverished West African nation. The fishermen agreed voluntarily to hand over their nets in return for cash to preserve the shark and ray species in the Banc d’Arguin National Park, a treasure trove of marine life which was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1989.

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