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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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


From meatball to symbol of pride: Raising sharks awareness in schools and villages

(November 10, 2013)   -   The waters surrounding Aceh Province’s Weh Island, at the northernmost tip of the island of Sumatra, supports large shark and ray populations. There are no regulations on shark fisheries in these waters and awareness of the need to protect shark species from over fishing and possible local extinction is very low. So WCS turned to a movie to make the case for shark conservation. 

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Getting to 20 million: New WCS research aims to complete Indonesia’s MPA quiltwork

Getting to 20 million: New WCS research aims to complete Indonesia’s MPA quiltwork
(November 08, 2013)   -   A new study by WCS identifies more than 4.5 million hectares of potential Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that can help the Indonesian Government to achieve its target of establishing 20million hectares of MPAs by 2020.

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Posted in: Marine


Surf, Lobster and Tuna: Lombok’s Bumbang Bay to Become Recreational Park

(November 07, 2013)   -   Lombok’s southern coast unfolds across a string of coves and bays where a diverse range of interests converge: aquaculture, surfing, diving and fishing among others. Unchecked, the expansion of these activities could threaten the ecological integrity of theregion. But WCS has a plan.

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Posted in: Marine


Whalesharks on the comeback? WCS helps release unexpected whale shark from net in marine park off Java

Whalesharks on the comeback? WCS helps release unexpected whale shark from net in marine park off Java
(November 07, 2013)   -   It’s not everyday that fishermen catch the world’s largest fish in their nets. It is even more unusual when that fish has ceased to be common in the area. But this is what recently happened in Indonesia’s Karimunjawa National Park (Java), pointing to a possible comeback of whale sharks in the area.

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Posted in: Marine


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