Guam – Majority Leader and Chair of Natural Resources Senator Rory J. Respicio was recognized as a Shark Defender by the Pew Environment Group Global
Shark Conservation Campaign at the 30th Association of Pacific Island Legislators (APIL) meeting held in Palau last week.
Earlier this year, Respicio co-sponsored a bill introduced by Vice Speaker BJ Cruz to ban the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins, which was signed into law by Governor Eddie Calvo on March 9.
[Left to right: Pew Ocean Commissioner Carlotta Leon Guerrero, Guam Senator Rory Respcio, Global Shark Conservation Director Matt Rand, CNMI Representative Diego T. Benavente, Global Shark Conservation Senior Associate Angelo O’Connor Villagomez, and recent graduate of SSHS Evelyn Quiel, President of Shark’s Made.]
Prior to receiving the award, Respicio addressed the APIL members on the importance of shark conservation and recounted how the Guam bill received unprecedented support from local students.