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Victory for sharks in La Réunion: the prefecture is putting a stop to them being fished in a protected zone

Mis à jour le 23 May 2023

Following yet another suspension being given by the courts, referred by One Voice and its partners, the La Réunion Prefecture has repealed its decree authorising shark fishing in one of the most protected zones of the island’s marine reserve on 14 March 2023. This is good news for sharks and for the already vulnerable ecosystem in which they are developing.

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On 28 December 2021, the La Réunion Prefecture took out a new decree authorising shark fishing in one of the most protected zones of the island’s marine reserve, a zone in which this is therefore strictly forbidden. One Voice and its partners Sea Shepherd France, Longitude 181 Nature, Vie Océane, and Le Taille-Vent therefore contested this decision and succeeded in getting it suspended. Logically, the next step would be that the administrative tribunal would cancel the decree. But, feeling that they had lost, the Prefecture preferred to repeal it before the hearing.

Killings even in a protected area

This is not the first time that we have gone up against the La Réunion Prefecture for this case. Since 2016, the justice system has proven us right by cancelling a similar decree. In February 2019, the same again: the Prefecture published a new law, in turn cancelled four years later. Even more recently, we attacked the decree of July 2021. And already, the Prefecture has chosen to repeal it before the date of our appeal hearing.

The State knows it is wrong. Its policy is untenable. Since 2013, it has killed hundreds of tiger bulldog sharks in the Reunion Island waters in the name of the so-called fight against attacks on humans, without ever succeeding in significantly reducing the number of fatal accidents. Worse: we have been pointing fingers for years for its illegal fishing practices, for the Centre Sécurité Requin de la Réunion (CSR) [Reunion Island Shark Safety Centre] funded by it and for threatening sharks as well as the already fragile coral ecosystems.

Faced with repeated attacks by the State, and this even in the most protected areas, we will not leave sharks to be massacred.

Translated from the French by Joely Justice

Marion Henriet
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Stéphane | Saturday 01 April 2023

Excellente nouvelle, merci One Voice !

Béa | Friday 31 March 2023

Il est grand temps que les requins soient enfin protégés de "la folie des Hommes" !!! Tout comme le loup, qui cristallise toutes les peurs ancestrales et véhiculés par les médias...

roger's | Thursday 30 March 2023

Merci! bien joué.

Joyce | Thursday 30 March 2023

Very good news