Artisanal and industrial shark fishing is prohibited in ColombiaPhotograph provided today by Florida Atlantic University showing a shark, animals that can be massive victims of COVID-19. . / Florida Atlantic University (Florida Atlantic University /)

President Iván Duque Márquez announced this Thursday that the National Government prohibited any form of fishing, artisanal and industrial, of shark in Colombian waters, in order to protect this species so important for the balance of the marine ecosystem.

“Today we have made a government decision, supported and sustained, and that is that any form of shark fishing is prohibited in Colombia, be it industrial or artisanal. And as we know that this has effects in some sectors of artisanal fishing, with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture we will establish compensation measures through a decree to serve this sector “said the head of state.

For his part, the Minister of the Environment, Carlos Eduardo Correa, asserted that the shark occupies the highest link in the food chain and contributes to the marine balance: “It is a very important decision for the country, because it means taking care of natural resources and our ecosystem” .

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