For over the past 10 years, the Maldives government has protected sharks from being killed, and as a result the shark population around the island nation has slowly recovered.
This may not last much longer, though.
The Maldives’ Fisheries Ministry is contemplating legalizing the killing of sharks in its waters, and activists are actively working to make sure that doesn’t happen. They’ve posted a petition online and are working to get 10,000 signatures to present to the Maldives government showing opposition to such legalization, which, if allowed to go forward:
“This would decimate one of the last remaining shark sanctuaries left on earth, and have devastating impacts on tourism, which is the nation’s largest economic industry.”
You can sign the petition here.