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Passion Matters

Author: Guest Writer/Saturday, February 16, 2013/Categories: Uncategorized

Recently, the Cook Island created a huge protected zone for sharks: Cook Islands' shark sanctuary creates world's largest. This is  remarkable for a small, poor, and isolated group of islands in the western Pacific particularly with demands for shark fins by Asian countries.

The new reserve places a ban on shark fishing and possession or sale of shark products in an area encompassing 2.6 million square miles - nearly the size of Australia. The Pew Environmental Trust assisted the islands but local involvement was critical for realizing the reserve declaration. A young woman, Jessica Cramp, also made a huge impact as the program manager for the Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative. Originally working in a research laboratory in San Diego, she decided to pursue her passion for marine life and moved to the Cook Islands. A fine commentary was provided by Dot Earth. The project was even celebrated by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who stopped by during one of her many busy travels.

Cook Islands  (map credit: Cook Islands Tourism)

As Cramp commented: “For me, traveling is all about gaining hands-on experience to better understand community level impacts and encouraging locals to get involved."

The Power of One is demonstrated well by the passion of this young woman to contribute to a conservation effort but anyone can make a difference with a bit of directed passion. The sharks certainly will benefit from hers.


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