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At last, there’s some potentially good news for our fellow ocean dwellers, the shark.

An international agreement may be signed in the next few days to protect ocean white-tipped, hammerhead and porbeagle sharks. The good guys are the countries of South America and West Africa who’ve seen shark numbers decimated by international fleets chasing sharks for their fins for the Far Eastern market. South American countries have actually worked out that sharks are worth more alive than dead. The sweetener in the deal is money from the European Union to help poorer countries to change their fishing practice (hopefully more sustainable ones than those practiced in Europe).

Of course, China is likely to try to scupper the international agreement and is quite likely to beat the EU’s bribe, so the sharks are still in deep water.

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