The administrative court in Nouméa has suspended the tiger shark and bulldog shark fishing campaigns planned until the end of 2023. The President of the South Province had decided to open up the shark hunt following a number of fatal attacks in recent months.
It was the environmental association EPLP (Ensemble pour la planète – Together for the Planet) that brought the case before the administrative court’s interim relief judge, asking her to suspend the campaigns to kill tiger and bulldog sharks in the bays around Nouméa. These sharks are hunted in three protected marine areas around the town of Nouméa. A total of 141 tiger and bulldog sharks have already been caught since the official hunts began. This is only a temporary suspension. The legal battle continues between the authorities and the environmental association.