Manta Trader Sentenced to One Year Four Months in Prison in Indonesia

Manta Trader Sentenced to One Year Four Months in Prison in Indonesia
(February 04, 2015)   -   An Indonesian court has sentenced an illegal trader in manta ray parts to one year and four months in prison and a USD $5,000 fine. This verdict is the first law enforcement action under the new manta protection decree to protect manta rays and stop illegal fishing and trading.

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Posted in: Press Releases


Indonesian Mountain Weasel’s Activity Recorded for the First Time by Camera Trap

Indonesian Mountain Weasel’s Activity Recorded for the First Time by Camera Trap
(February 04, 2015)   -   Mountain weasel (Mustela leutrolina), the small carnivore, was recorded on February 15, 2013, in Leuser Ecosystem Area through camera trapping activity by Gunung Leuser National Park (TNGL) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Indonesia. 

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Tiger Traders Busted in Indonesia

Tiger Traders Busted in Indonesia
(October 30, 2014)   -   Arrests were made by West Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of the Ministry of Forestry and the Indonesian Police (Lampung office), with technical assistance from WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit.

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Busting Indonesia’s Manta Gill Trade

Busting Indonesia’s Manta Gill Trade
(September 30, 2014)   -   Worth up to US$30 million a year, this industry depends on the traders for its survival. Chief among them is a secretive local man, I’ve been calling Mr. Big. Working alongside the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Conservation International (CI), and the Indonesian authorities, we plan to make today his last day in business.Worth up to US$30 million a year, this industry depends on the traders for its survival. Chief among them is a secretive local man, I’ve been calling Mr. Big....

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In Indonesia, a Major Arrest of Manta Ray Trader by Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries

In Indonesia, a Major Arrest of Manta Ray Trader by Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
(September 30, 2014)   -   The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Government of Indonesia, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced the first-ever series of enforcement actions against a trader of sharks and rays in Indonesia, home to the largest shark fisheries on earth.

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How Karimunjawa National Park turned from a leaky ship to a model fishery

How Karimunjawa National Park turned from a leaky ship to a model fishery
(November 17, 2013)   -   As recently as 2004, Karimunjawa National Park was considered as a ‘paper’ park with grim prospects for improvement. Almost 10 years later, Dr. Stuart Campbell revisits the changes that have turned this protected area off the coast of Java into a growing success story. 

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Posted in: Marine


Driven to Protect: A family conflict bred from protecting a Sulawesi marine sanctuary

(November 12, 2013)   -   Just off from Bahoi village in North Sulawesi, locals are used to a familiar sight: a middle-aged man setting out using his small motorboat to maintain, clean and repair the marker buoys that delineate the boundary of the village’s 10-hectare sanctuary. But this commitment has not come without sacrifices.

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Posted in: Marine


A sanctuary revived: North Sulawesi LMMA Network - Lihunu Village

(November 12, 2013)   -   WC assisted the district government of North Minhasa and other relevant government agencies to commit to a planning process to establish a 32,000 hectare MPA that encompasses community based MPA sanctuaries in the region.

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Posted in: Terrestrial


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