Endangered shark spotted in Bohol market

You don't have to go to a dive spot if you want to see a Thresher Shark in the flesh, just drop by a market in Bohol where it is openly sold.

Holger W. Horn, president and chief executive officer of Philippine Fun Divers, Inc., posted photos of the endangered shark being offered for sale at a market opposite Island City Mall in Tagbilaran City.

Because of what he saw, he called on the public officials in Bohol to "follow the footsteps" of the province of Cebu in protecting shark species.

Basically all sharks are on the endangered species list and this Thresher Shark is no difference. It was spotted at the market opposite or beside ICM in Tagbilaran City.

There is an existing law in the province of Cebu, protecting all sharks. Also, Daanbantayan declared a shark sanctuary within their municipality.

Dear politicians of Bohol, don't you think that it is high time to jump into the footsteps of Cebu?

Sharks, especially Whale Sharks are following migration patterns and their 'homes' are all oceans and seas around and beyond the Philippines.

And therefore Cebu's efforts needs to be complimented by other provinces until such time the whole Philippines is protecting all shark species, all mantas species and other Rays.

Horn was referring to Cebu's Provincial Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ordinance which was amended in September last year to include protection of all species of sharks.

The ordinance provides:

It shall (now) be unlawful to fish or take, possess, transport, deal in, sell or in any manner dispose of rare, threatened or endangered species ‘as a whole or in parts’ as determined by law, ordinance, legal issuance and by the Department of Agriculture.

The provincial board also urged component cities and municipalities in Cebu to pass an ordinance implementing a total ban on shark fishing, buying and selling in their jurisdictions, according to a report.

Section 102, paragraph (a) of Republic Act 8550 or "The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998," as amended by RA 10654, states that it is unlawful to fish or take, catch, gather, sell, purchase possess, transport, export, forward or ship out rare, threatened or endangered species.

Violation of this law carries penalties including 12 years and 1 day to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to P10 million.