Indonesia's first shark sanctuary
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2013 6:34 PM Last Post By: Laszlo
Mar 13, 2013 12:26 PM
Indonesia's first shark sanctuaryRaja Ampat declares new shark sanctuary, the first in Indonesia: http://blog.nature.org/science/2013/03/07/indonesias-first-shark-sanctuary-raja-ampat-leads-the-way/
Mar 24, 2013 9:27 PM
Apr 1, 2013 6:34 PM
2As a side-note, I think it is worth pointing out that many such much-applaused conservation initiatives in Indonesia exist largely on paper only.
In this very area, the Raja Ampat Islands, I witnessed an entire flottilla of local boats heading out to catch sea turtles for an entire week on their nesting islands - the same islands where these Western NGOs writing up these enthusiastic reports claim they are now all strictly protected "by the local community" with their wise help and advice. ;-)
I also saw shark-finning in Raja Ampat and am 99.9% sure that it will not stop just because of this new rule - the archipelago where I saw it had in theory (on paper) long been a protected marine reserve where no fish were meant to be taken.
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