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Enforcement Victories

Shark Savers celebrates improved enforcement of the no-take zone in Misool Eco Resort, within the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary. Last time we visited, several fishing boats were apprehended, but the procedures for enforcement and prosecution had not yet been determined. On May 17 Marit Miners of Misool Eco Resport reports that poachers have been apprehended and successfully prosecuted under the new laws.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/enforcement-victories

Who benefits from the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary?

A question has been raised as to whether Shark Sanctuaries lock out local fishermen for the pleasure of divers and conservationists, while protecting sharks. Local villages and their people will be such an important element of the success of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary that we feel it important to clarify its relationship to the surrounding communities. The goal of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary is to protect sharks and other wildlife. In order to do that effectively, we believe the program needs: The active participation of the local communities to ensure they are invested in the outcome. Local villagers are not locked out, but are locked-in. To utilize an appropriate level of underwater ecotourism (diving) as a means to bring jobs to the communities and money to enforcement, while not undermining the conservation goals. Without both, it's very hard to make a Shark Sanctuary a sustainable, viable solution and the sharks will be gone in short order.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/who-benefits-from-the-raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary

Sharks, Mantas, and Turtles to be protected in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Press Release Misool Eco Resort and Shark Savers announced today that a Shark Sanctuary has been declared for the entire 17,760 square miles of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, the Regent of Raja Ampat, made this historic declaration, demonstrating leadership in marine conservation. The Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary provides full protection for sharks, manta rays, mobulas, dugongs, and turtles. Also prohibited are highly destructive practices including reef bombing and the aquarium fish trade. The Shark Sanctuary is the first of its kind in Indonesia, the largest island archipelago in the world.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/sharks-mantas-and-turtles-to-be-protected-in-raja-ampat-indonesia

Shark Sanctuary declared in Raja Ampat

We are excited to announce that the Regent of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, has declared a Shark Sanctuary for the entire 17,760 square mile area of Raja Ampat. This declaration is a direct response to the proposal presented by Shark Savers and our partner, Misool Eco Resort. The Bupati has declared that, in Raja Ampat, it is now: Forbidden to catch fish with poison, bombs etc; Forbidden to catch fish using a compressor, purse seine,“Muroami” and “bubu” Forbidden to catch sharks, manta rays, mobulas, live reef fish for the aquarium trade, dugongs and turtles. Forbidden to catch any fish at all in designated tourism and conservation areas. This is an important milestone, as Raja Ampat enjoys the highest marine biodiversity level on the planet with 1397 species of fish and over 600 species of coral recorded. It has also been the scene of destructive overfishing that has severely threatened sharks, mantas, and other vulnerable species.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-sanctuary-declared-in-raja-ampat

Update on the initiative to create a Shark Sanctuary in Raja Ampat

Shark Savers is working with the Misool Eco Resort and other tourism companies and NGOs to create a large Shark Sanctuary in Raja Ampat. One component of this effort is our petition in support of the Shark Sanctuary. The purpose of the petition effort is to show broad international support for the Shark Sanctuary, particularly among the very people who are likely to visit Raja Ampat as a result. To date, we have assembled the signatures of over 7,000 individuals, and over 250 NGOs and tourism companies from around the world. This is a great outpouring of attention and support.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/update-on-the-initiative-to-create-a-shark-sanctuary-in-raja-ampat

Help establish a new shark sanctuary in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Indonesia enjoys the most biodiverse ocean environments on the planet. Unfortunately, it is also the world's largest shark fishery, having all but emptied its waters of a valuable resource: its sharks. Raja Ampat in Eastern Indonesia is perhaps the crown jewel of this biodiverse region, but its shark populations have been ravaged and its manta populations are now under siege.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/help-establish-a-new-shark-sanctuary-in-raja-ampat-indonesia1

Shark Savers' "Thank you to Palau" book presented to Palauan President Toribiong

You may recall that Shark Savers fielded two petitions regarding Palau. The first one opposed a bad shark fishing law and the second one thanked Palau for subsequently protecting sharks by creating the National Shark Sanctuary. We created a book consisting of your signatures and comments for presentation to President Toribiong. Today, our book was presented to the President on our behalf by our friend, Dermot Keane of the Palau Shark Sanctuary.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-thank-you-to-palau-book-presented-to-palauan-president-toribiong

Honduras and The Maldives join the ranks of shark sanctuaries

In the past few weeks, both Honduras and The Maldives have joined Palau in announcing a complete ban on shark fishing in their territorial waters. The ban in The Maldives was expected. One year ago, the Maldivian government announced a fishing ban for reef sharks and stated that there would be a subsequent ban on all shark fishing within their waters within 12 months. That time has now come. Many of you signed our petition to congratulate The Maldives when they announced the earlier ban.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/honduras-and-the-maldives-join-the-ranks-of-shark-sanctuaries

Shark Savers launches worldwide ‘thank you' to Palau for protecting sharks

New York, NY, October 5, 2009-Shark Savers announced today it has launched an online ‘thank you' card to harness worldwide support for Palauan President Johnson Toribiong's September 25th declaration of a National Shark Sanctuary. The online card is available for the public to sign at the Shark Savers web site. Palau's move to protect sharks is one of the most complete and unequivocal shark conservation actions in history. It is also rare good news for sharks because their populations worldwide are collapsing due to unrelenting fishing pressure, as indicated by reports released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Sharks are critical to the ocean ecosystem because, as apex predators, they help to keep other marine populations in balance.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-launches-worldwide-thank-you-to-palau-for-protecting-sharks

Palau Shark Sanctuary: thanks belong to you

We have received a few 'thank you's for our collective efforts opposing Palau's Senate Bill 8-44 which sought to re-open commercial shark fishing and loosen shark finning regulations in Palau waters. The new declaration of the National Shark Sanctuary is the response to that bill. Many of you signed the peitition against this bill and so these 'thank you's belong to you. We, too, are sometimes skeptical of the effectiveness of a petition, but in this case our collective voice from around the world helped turn the tide in Palau. Many of the signers of the bill were not just shark enthusiasts, but Palau's customers: those who fly across the world to visit Palau's sharks. All of your impassioned comments made a sizable contribution to this historic declaration by President Toribiong.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/palau-shark-sanctuary-thanks-belong-to-you

Maldives imposes historic ban on shark fishing

Congratulations to the government and people of the Maldives and the Baa Atoll Project for creating the world's first country-wide shark haven.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/maldives-imposes-historic-ban-on-shark-fishing

New Patrol Boat for Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary

Shark Savers excited to announce that sufficient funds have been raised to purchase a new patrol boat for the southern portion of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/new-patrol-boat-for-raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary

Palau Shark Sanctuary: thanks belong to you

We have received a few 'thank you's for our collective efforts opposing Palau's Senate Bill 8-44 which sought to re-open commercial shark fishing and loosen shark finning regulations in Palau waters. The new declaration of the National Shark Sanctuary is the response to that bill. Many of you signed the peitition against this bill and so these 'thank you's belong to you. We, too, are sometimes skeptical of the effectiveness of a petition, but in this case our collective voice from around the world helped turn the tide in Palau. Many of the signers of the bill were not just shark enthusiasts, but Palau's customers: those who fly across the world to visit Palau's sharks. All of your impassioned comments made a sizable contribution to this historic declaration by President Toribiong.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/palau-shark-sanctuary-thanks-belong-to-you

Shark Savers launches worldwide ‘thank you' to Palau for protecting sharks

New York, NY, October 5, 2009-Shark Savers announced today it has launched an online ‘thank you' card to harness worldwide support for Palauan President Johnson Toribiong's September 25th declaration of a National Shark Sanctuary. The online card is available for the public to sign at the Shark Savers web site. Palau's move to protect sharks is one of the most complete and unequivocal shark conservation actions in history. It is also rare good news for sharks because their populations worldwide are collapsing due to unrelenting fishing pressure, as indicated by reports released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Sharks are critical to the ocean ecosystem because, as apex predators, they help to keep other marine populations in balance.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-launches-worldwide-thank-you-to-palau-for-protecting-sharks

Honduras and The Maldives join the ranks of shark sanctuaries

In the past few weeks, both Honduras and The Maldives have joined Palau in announcing a complete ban on shark fishing in their territorial waters. The ban in The Maldives was expected. One year ago, the Maldivian government announced a fishing ban for reef sharks and stated that there would be a subsequent ban on all shark fishing within their waters within 12 months. That time has now come. Many of you signed our petition to congratulate The Maldives when they announced the earlier ban.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/honduras-and-the-maldives-join-the-ranks-of-shark-sanctuaries

Update on the initiative to create a Shark Sanctuary in Raja Ampat

Shark Savers is working with the Misool Eco Resort and other tourism companies and NGOs to create a large Shark Sanctuary in Raja Ampat. One component of this effort is our petition in support of the Shark Sanctuary. The purpose of the petition effort is to show broad international support for the Shark Sanctuary, particularly among the very people who are likely to visit Raja Ampat as a result. To date, we have assembled the signatures of over 7,000 individuals, and over 250 NGOs and tourism companies from around the world. This is a great outpouring of attention and support.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/update-on-the-initiative-to-create-a-shark-sanctuary-in-raja-ampat

Shark Sanctuary declared in Raja Ampat

We are excited to announce that the Regent of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, has declared a Shark Sanctuary for the entire 17,760 square mile area of Raja Ampat. This declaration is a direct response to the proposal presented by Shark Savers and our partner, Misool Eco Resort. The Bupati has declared that, in Raja Ampat, it is now: Forbidden to catch fish with poison, bombs etc; Forbidden to catch fish using a compressor, purse seine,“Muroami” and “bubu” Forbidden to catch sharks, manta rays, mobulas, live reef fish for the aquarium trade, dugongs and turtles. Forbidden to catch any fish at all in designated tourism and conservation areas. This is an important milestone, as Raja Ampat enjoys the highest marine biodiversity level on the planet with 1397 species of fish and over 600 species of coral recorded. It has also been the scene of destructive overfishing that has severely threatened sharks, mantas, and other vulnerable species.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-sanctuary-declared-in-raja-ampat

Sharks, Mantas, and Turtles to be protected in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Press Release Misool Eco Resort and Shark Savers announced today that a Shark Sanctuary has been declared for the entire 17,760 square miles of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, the Regent of Raja Ampat, made this historic declaration, demonstrating leadership in marine conservation. The Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary provides full protection for sharks, manta rays, mobulas, dugongs, and turtles. Also prohibited are highly destructive practices including reef bombing and the aquarium fish trade. The Shark Sanctuary is the first of its kind in Indonesia, the largest island archipelago in the world.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/sharks-mantas-and-turtles-to-be-protected-in-raja-ampat-indonesia

Who benefits from the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary?

A question has been raised as to whether Shark Sanctuaries lock out local fishermen for the pleasure of divers and conservationists, while protecting sharks. Local villages and their people will be such an important element of the success of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary that we feel it important to clarify its relationship to the surrounding communities. The goal of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary is to protect sharks and other wildlife. In order to do that effectively, we believe the program needs: The active participation of the local communities to ensure they are invested in the outcome. Local villagers are not locked out, but are locked-in. To utilize an appropriate level of underwater ecotourism (diving) as a means to bring jobs to the communities and money to enforcement, while not undermining the conservation goals. Without both, it's very hard to make a Shark Sanctuary a sustainable, viable solution and the sharks will be gone in short order.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/who-benefits-from-the-raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary

New Patrol Boat for Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary

Shark Savers excited to announce that sufficient funds have been raised to purchase a new patrol boat for the southern portion of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/new-patrol-boat-for-raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary

Enforcement Victories

Shark Savers celebrates improved enforcement of the no-take zone in Misool Eco Resort, within the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary. Last time we visited, several fishing boats were apprehended, but the procedures for enforcement and prosecution had not yet been determined. On May 17 Marit Miners of Misool Eco Resport reports that poachers have been apprehended and successfully prosecuted under the new laws.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/enforcement-victories

Shark Savers' "Thank you to Palau" book presented to Palauan President Toribiong

You may recall that Shark Savers fielded two petitions regarding Palau. The first one opposed a bad shark fishing law and the second one thanked Palau for subsequently protecting sharks by creating the National Shark Sanctuary. We created a book consisting of your signatures and comments for presentation to President Toribiong. Today, our book was presented to the President on our behalf by our friend, Dermot Keane of the Palau Shark Sanctuary.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-thank-you-to-palau-book-presented-to-palauan-president-toribiong

Help establish a new shark sanctuary in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Indonesia enjoys the most biodiverse ocean environments on the planet. Unfortunately, it is also the world's largest shark fishery, having all but emptied its waters of a valuable resource: its sharks. Raja Ampat in Eastern Indonesia is perhaps the crown jewel of this biodiverse region, but its shark populations have been ravaged and its manta populations are now under siege.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/help-establish-a-new-shark-sanctuary-in-raja-ampat-indonesia1

Maldives imposes historic ban on shark fishing

Congratulations to the government and people of the Maldives and the Baa Atoll Project for creating the world's first country-wide shark haven.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/maldives-imposes-historic-ban-on-shark-fishing

Maldives imposes historic ban on shark fishing

Congratulations to the government and people of the Maldives and the Baa Atoll Project for creating the world's first country-wide shark haven.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/maldives-imposes-historic-ban-on-shark-fishing

New Patrol Boat for Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary

Shark Savers excited to announce that sufficient funds have been raised to purchase a new patrol boat for the southern portion of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary.

http://www.sharksavers.org/ch/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/new-patrol-boat-for-raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary

Honduras and The Maldives join the ranks of shark sanctuaries

In the past few weeks, both Honduras and The Maldives have joined Palau in announcing a complete ban on shark fishing in their territorial waters. The ban in The Maldives was expected. One year ago, the Maldivian government announced a fishing ban for reef sharks and stated that there would be a subsequent ban on all shark fishing within their waters within 12 months. That time has now come. Many of you signed our petition to congratulate The Maldives when they announced the earlier ban.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/honduras-and-the-maldives-join-the-ranks-of-shark-sanctuaries

Enforcement Victories

Shark Savers celebrates improved enforcement of the no-take zone in Misool Eco Resort, within the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary. Last time we visited, several fishing boats were apprehended, but the procedures for enforcement and prosecution had not yet been determined. On May 17 Marit Miners of Misool Eco Resport reports that poachers have been apprehended and successfully prosecuted under the new laws.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/enforcement-victories

Palau Shark Sanctuary: thanks belong to you

We have received a few 'thank you's for our collective efforts opposing Palau's Senate Bill 8-44 which sought to re-open commercial shark fishing and loosen shark finning regulations in Palau waters. The new declaration of the National Shark Sanctuary is the response to that bill. Many of you signed the peitition against this bill and so these 'thank you's belong to you. We, too, are sometimes skeptical of the effectiveness of a petition, but in this case our collective voice from around the world helped turn the tide in Palau. Many of the signers of the bill were not just shark enthusiasts, but Palau's customers: those who fly across the world to visit Palau's sharks. All of your impassioned comments made a sizable contribution to this historic declaration by President Toribiong.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/palau-shark-sanctuary-thanks-belong-to-you

Who benefits from the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary?

A question has been raised as to whether Shark Sanctuaries lock out local fishermen for the pleasure of divers and conservationists, while protecting sharks. Local villages and their people will be such an important element of the success of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary that we feel it important to clarify its relationship to the surrounding communities. The goal of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary is to protect sharks and other wildlife. In order to do that effectively, we believe the program needs: The active participation of the local communities to ensure they are invested in the outcome. Local villagers are not locked out, but are locked-in. To utilize an appropriate level of underwater ecotourism (diving) as a means to bring jobs to the communities and money to enforcement, while not undermining the conservation goals. Without both, it's very hard to make a Shark Sanctuary a sustainable, viable solution and the sharks will be gone in short order.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/who-benefits-from-the-raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary

Sharks, Mantas, and Turtles to be protected in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Press Release Misool Eco Resort and Shark Savers announced today that a Shark Sanctuary has been declared for the entire 17,760 square miles of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, the Regent of Raja Ampat, made this historic declaration, demonstrating leadership in marine conservation. The Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary provides full protection for sharks, manta rays, mobulas, dugongs, and turtles. Also prohibited are highly destructive practices including reef bombing and the aquarium fish trade. The Shark Sanctuary is the first of its kind in Indonesia, the largest island archipelago in the world.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/sharks-mantas-and-turtles-to-be-protected-in-raja-ampat-indonesia

Shark Sanctuary declared in Raja Ampat

We are excited to announce that the Regent of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, has declared a Shark Sanctuary for the entire 17,760 square mile area of Raja Ampat. This declaration is a direct response to the proposal presented by Shark Savers and our partner, Misool Eco Resort. The Bupati has declared that, in Raja Ampat, it is now: Forbidden to catch fish with poison, bombs etc; Forbidden to catch fish using a compressor, purse seine,“Muroami” and “bubu” Forbidden to catch sharks, manta rays, mobulas, live reef fish for the aquarium trade, dugongs and turtles. Forbidden to catch any fish at all in designated tourism and conservation areas. This is an important milestone, as Raja Ampat enjoys the highest marine biodiversity level on the planet with 1397 species of fish and over 600 species of coral recorded. It has also been the scene of destructive overfishing that has severely threatened sharks, mantas, and other vulnerable species.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-sanctuary-declared-in-raja-ampat

Update on the initiative to create a Shark Sanctuary in Raja Ampat

Shark Savers is working with the Misool Eco Resort and other tourism companies and NGOs to create a large Shark Sanctuary in Raja Ampat. One component of this effort is our petition in support of the Shark Sanctuary. The purpose of the petition effort is to show broad international support for the Shark Sanctuary, particularly among the very people who are likely to visit Raja Ampat as a result. To date, we have assembled the signatures of over 7,000 individuals, and over 250 NGOs and tourism companies from around the world. This is a great outpouring of attention and support.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/update-on-the-initiative-to-create-a-shark-sanctuary-in-raja-ampat

Help establish a new shark sanctuary in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Indonesia enjoys the most biodiverse ocean environments on the planet. Unfortunately, it is also the world's largest shark fishery, having all but emptied its waters of a valuable resource: its sharks. Raja Ampat in Eastern Indonesia is perhaps the crown jewel of this biodiverse region, but its shark populations have been ravaged and its manta populations are now under siege.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/help-establish-a-new-shark-sanctuary-in-raja-ampat-indonesia1

Shark Savers' "Thank you to Palau" book presented to Palauan President Toribiong

You may recall that Shark Savers fielded two petitions regarding Palau. The first one opposed a bad shark fishing law and the second one thanked Palau for subsequently protecting sharks by creating the National Shark Sanctuary. We created a book consisting of your signatures and comments for presentation to President Toribiong. Today, our book was presented to the President on our behalf by our friend, Dermot Keane of the Palau Shark Sanctuary.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-thank-you-to-palau-book-presented-to-palauan-president-toribiong

Shark Savers launches worldwide ‘thank you' to Palau for protecting sharks

New York, NY, October 5, 2009-Shark Savers announced today it has launched an online ‘thank you' card to harness worldwide support for Palauan President Johnson Toribiong's September 25th declaration of a National Shark Sanctuary. The online card is available for the public to sign at the Shark Savers web site. Palau's move to protect sharks is one of the most complete and unequivocal shark conservation actions in history. It is also rare good news for sharks because their populations worldwide are collapsing due to unrelenting fishing pressure, as indicated by reports released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Sharks are critical to the ocean ecosystem because, as apex predators, they help to keep other marine populations in balance.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-launches-worldwide-thank-you-to-palau-for-protecting-sharks

Shark Savers Urges Further Protections for Sharks in Australia

Shark Savers has sent a letter to Australia’s Marine Reserve Division thanking them for the recent decision to expand their Marine Reserves and urging them to expand the level of protections for sharks.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-urges-further-protections-for-sharks-in-australia

Shark Savers Urges Further Protections for Sharks in Australia

Shark Savers has sent a letter to Australia’s Marine Reserve Division thanking them for the recent decision to expand their Marine Reserves and urging them to expand the level of protections for sharks.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-urges-further-protections-for-sharks-in-australia

Shark Savers Urges Further Protections for Sharks in Australia

Shark Savers has sent a letter to Australia’s Marine Reserve Division thanking them for the recent decision to expand their Marine Reserves and urging them to expand the level of protections for sharks.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-urges-further-protections-for-sharks-in-australia

Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary Becomes Law in Indonesia

Sharks and manta rays will now benefit from stronger protections after the 2010 decree designating the Raja Ampat Shark and Ray Sanctuary was formalized into Provincial law today.

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary-ecomes-law-in-indonesia

Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary Becomes Law in Indonesia

Sharks and manta rays will now benefit from stronger protections after the 2010 decree designating the Raja Ampat Shark and Ray Sanctuary was formalized into Provincial law today.

http://www.sharksavers.org/de/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary-ecomes-law-in-indonesia

Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary Becomes Law in Indonesia

Sharks and manta rays will now benefit from stronger protections after the 2010 decree designating the Raja Ampat Shark and Ray Sanctuary was formalized into Provincial law today.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hant/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary-ecomes-law-in-indonesia

Maldives imposes historic ban on shark fishing

Congratulations to the government and people of the Maldives and the Baa Atoll Project for creating the world's first country-wide shark haven.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/maldives-imposes-historic-ban-on-shark-fishing

New Patrol Boat for Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary

Shark Savers excited to announce that sufficient funds have been raised to purchase a new patrol boat for the southern portion of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/new-patrol-boat-for-raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary

Honduras and The Maldives join the ranks of shark sanctuaries

In the past few weeks, both Honduras and The Maldives have joined Palau in announcing a complete ban on shark fishing in their territorial waters. The ban in The Maldives was expected. One year ago, the Maldivian government announced a fishing ban for reef sharks and stated that there would be a subsequent ban on all shark fishing within their waters within 12 months. That time has now come. Many of you signed our petition to congratulate The Maldives when they announced the earlier ban.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/honduras-and-the-maldives-join-the-ranks-of-shark-sanctuaries

Enforcement Victories

Shark Savers celebrates improved enforcement of the no-take zone in Misool Eco Resort, within the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary. Last time we visited, several fishing boats were apprehended, but the procedures for enforcement and prosecution had not yet been determined. On May 17 Marit Miners of Misool Eco Resport reports that poachers have been apprehended and successfully prosecuted under the new laws.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/enforcement-victories

Palau Shark Sanctuary: thanks belong to you

We have received a few 'thank you's for our collective efforts opposing Palau's Senate Bill 8-44 which sought to re-open commercial shark fishing and loosen shark finning regulations in Palau waters. The new declaration of the National Shark Sanctuary is the response to that bill. Many of you signed the peitition against this bill and so these 'thank you's belong to you. We, too, are sometimes skeptical of the effectiveness of a petition, but in this case our collective voice from around the world helped turn the tide in Palau. Many of the signers of the bill were not just shark enthusiasts, but Palau's customers: those who fly across the world to visit Palau's sharks. All of your impassioned comments made a sizable contribution to this historic declaration by President Toribiong.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/palau-shark-sanctuary-thanks-belong-to-you

Shark Savers Urges Further Protections for Sharks in Australia

Shark Savers has sent a letter to Australia’s Marine Reserve Division thanking them for the recent decision to expand their Marine Reserves and urging them to expand the level of protections for sharks.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-urges-further-protections-for-sharks-in-australia

Who benefits from the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary?

A question has been raised as to whether Shark Sanctuaries lock out local fishermen for the pleasure of divers and conservationists, while protecting sharks. Local villages and their people will be such an important element of the success of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary that we feel it important to clarify its relationship to the surrounding communities. The goal of the Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary is to protect sharks and other wildlife. In order to do that effectively, we believe the program needs: The active participation of the local communities to ensure they are invested in the outcome. Local villagers are not locked out, but are locked-in. To utilize an appropriate level of underwater ecotourism (diving) as a means to bring jobs to the communities and money to enforcement, while not undermining the conservation goals. Without both, it's very hard to make a Shark Sanctuary a sustainable, viable solution and the sharks will be gone in short order.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/who-benefits-from-the-raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary

Sharks, Mantas, and Turtles to be protected in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Press Release Misool Eco Resort and Shark Savers announced today that a Shark Sanctuary has been declared for the entire 17,760 square miles of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, the Regent of Raja Ampat, made this historic declaration, demonstrating leadership in marine conservation. The Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary provides full protection for sharks, manta rays, mobulas, dugongs, and turtles. Also prohibited are highly destructive practices including reef bombing and the aquarium fish trade. The Shark Sanctuary is the first of its kind in Indonesia, the largest island archipelago in the world.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/sharks-mantas-and-turtles-to-be-protected-in-raja-ampat-indonesia

Shark Sanctuary declared in Raja Ampat

We are excited to announce that the Regent of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, has declared a Shark Sanctuary for the entire 17,760 square mile area of Raja Ampat. This declaration is a direct response to the proposal presented by Shark Savers and our partner, Misool Eco Resort. The Bupati has declared that, in Raja Ampat, it is now: Forbidden to catch fish with poison, bombs etc; Forbidden to catch fish using a compressor, purse seine,“Muroami” and “bubu” Forbidden to catch sharks, manta rays, mobulas, live reef fish for the aquarium trade, dugongs and turtles. Forbidden to catch any fish at all in designated tourism and conservation areas. This is an important milestone, as Raja Ampat enjoys the highest marine biodiversity level on the planet with 1397 species of fish and over 600 species of coral recorded. It has also been the scene of destructive overfishing that has severely threatened sharks, mantas, and other vulnerable species.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-sanctuary-declared-in-raja-ampat

Update on the initiative to create a Shark Sanctuary in Raja Ampat

Shark Savers is working with the Misool Eco Resort and other tourism companies and NGOs to create a large Shark Sanctuary in Raja Ampat. One component of this effort is our petition in support of the Shark Sanctuary. The purpose of the petition effort is to show broad international support for the Shark Sanctuary, particularly among the very people who are likely to visit Raja Ampat as a result. To date, we have assembled the signatures of over 7,000 individuals, and over 250 NGOs and tourism companies from around the world. This is a great outpouring of attention and support.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/update-on-the-initiative-to-create-a-shark-sanctuary-in-raja-ampat

Help establish a new shark sanctuary in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Indonesia enjoys the most biodiverse ocean environments on the planet. Unfortunately, it is also the world's largest shark fishery, having all but emptied its waters of a valuable resource: its sharks. Raja Ampat in Eastern Indonesia is perhaps the crown jewel of this biodiverse region, but its shark populations have been ravaged and its manta populations are now under siege.

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Shark Savers' "Thank you to Palau" book presented to Palauan President Toribiong

You may recall that Shark Savers fielded two petitions regarding Palau. The first one opposed a bad shark fishing law and the second one thanked Palau for subsequently protecting sharks by creating the National Shark Sanctuary. We created a book consisting of your signatures and comments for presentation to President Toribiong. Today, our book was presented to the President on our behalf by our friend, Dermot Keane of the Palau Shark Sanctuary.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-thank-you-to-palau-book-presented-to-palauan-president-toribiong

Shark Savers launches worldwide ‘thank you' to Palau for protecting sharks

New York, NY, October 5, 2009-Shark Savers announced today it has launched an online ‘thank you' card to harness worldwide support for Palauan President Johnson Toribiong's September 25th declaration of a National Shark Sanctuary. The online card is available for the public to sign at the Shark Savers web site. Palau's move to protect sharks is one of the most complete and unequivocal shark conservation actions in history. It is also rare good news for sharks because their populations worldwide are collapsing due to unrelenting fishing pressure, as indicated by reports released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Sharks are critical to the ocean ecosystem because, as apex predators, they help to keep other marine populations in balance.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/shark-savers-launches-worldwide-thank-you-to-palau-for-protecting-sharks

Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary Becomes Law in Indonesia

Sharks and manta rays will now benefit from stronger protections after the 2010 decree designating the Raja Ampat Shark and Ray Sanctuary was formalized into Provincial law today.

http://www.sharksavers.org/zh_hans/blogs-news/shark-savers-blog/raja-ampat-shark-sanctuary-ecomes-law-in-indonesia