New York, 18 September 2017 The Maldives has assumed the Chair of the UN Save Our Sharks Coalition. The Maldives assumed the chairmanship at a function held in New York this afternoon. The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. Mohamed Shainee, accepted the chairmanship on behalf of the Maldives, from the outgoing Chair, the Ambassador of the Bahamas Ms Sheila Carey. While speaking at the ceremony, Minister Shainee stated that the Maldives is honored to accept the chairmanship of the Shark Coalition and expressed hope to bring even further attention to the plight of sharks around the world and the steps that must be taken to ensure that socio-economic assessments carried out in the Maldives revealed it was more beneficial for the economy to preserve sharks and keep them as a continuous resource to be observed and enjoyed by tourists. The Shark Coalition is an informal group of countries who are active on the issue of protection on sharks and who are supportive of the initiative. The initiative is supported by PEW Charitable Trusts which is a non-governmental organization based primarily on the doing research and scientific work to inform policy making in the field of environment and environmental protection. Follow @MVPMNY Minivan 50 Golden Jubilee Maldives 50th Independence