Indonesia to Devise Shark Conservation Plan

posted: 08/26/15
by: SharkWeek.com Staff
Whale shark in Indonesia
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Indonesia, the world's largest shark fishery, will devise a national plan of action to protect sharks, officials have announced.

Mongabay reports that fishery officials recently met with the World Wildlife Fund to discuss how to better the protect the 118 shark species found in Indonesian waters, five of which are subject to additional protections under Appendix II of the CITES treaty.

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"[The plan] will include the creation of sanctuaries, considerations for the socio-economics of fishing communities, and aquaculture," Agus Dermawan, the Indonesian fishery ministry's director general of conservation, told Mongabay.

"We have a strong commitment to preserve endangered species but there are also sharks that we can catch, process, and sell."

Dermawan was not able to say when the plan would be finalized.

Indonesia's commitment to protect sharks follows a similar 2014 program aimed at protecting manta rays. The fishery ministry implemented a moratorium on manta ray fishing and established the world's largest manta ray sanctuary.

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