House okays Shark Conservation Act

February 04, 2019

A BILL that seeks to regulate the catching, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, importation, and exportation of all sharks, rays, and chimaeras was approved on third and final reading in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 8926 or the Shark Conservation Act of the Philippines principally authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo got a vote of 174-0.

The bill aims to address the extinction of marine wildlife and achieve a balance between human needs and the integrity of the Philippine marine ecosystem.

It shall provide for the conservation of sharks and related classes, as well as  the threats to their existence.