Tanga Coelacanth Marine Park

Northeastern Tanzania

The goal of this recently declared ‘park’ is to protect the local population of prehistoric coelacanth fish. The temporary headquarters are in Kigombe village, about 20km north of Pangani. At the time of research, no fees were being collected and the park existed in name only.

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