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02 November 2017

Kwatisore, Young Sharks Favourite Place to Play and Eat

Located within the Teluk Cendrawasi National Park, Kwatisore waters is known for being the best spot to do whales observation. Within the period of 2011 to 2017, as many as 16.424 tourists were recorded to visit the place for interacting with the giant sea animal. Thus, according to a data of the Agency of Teluk Cendrawasih National Park, the number of visiting tourists gave as much as Rp. 2.057.592.000,00. of income to the country. Responding the fact on whale-sharks’ activities in the area, WWF-Indonesia has been doing monitoring activities on their appearances. The monitoring activities have resulted in, at least, 10.556 photographs and 606 data on the animal’s appearances; of 135 different individuals.

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12 October 2017

Two Sharks Spawning Locations in West Manggarai are Marked

There were nine young sharks caught in a net belonged to Mr. Aja, a fisherman of Rangko village, Boleng Sub district, West Manggarai. The sharks were blackspot tail shark. Unfortunately, the sharks were all found entangled to death. The young sharks were of 70 to 80 centimetres long of 4 males and 5 females. The sharks were put under young category because only males of 103-115 cm long and females of 110-118 are said to be adults. A female black spot shark could give birth to an average of 6 to 10 babies. Thus, it can be concluded that, in a night, one bycatch shark of one mother shark is sure to take place in one fishing location.

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05 October 2017

A Rare Phenomenon, A Stranded Megamouth Shark in Alor (2)

One week earlier (25/07/2017), divers in the western plains of Flores surprised by the presence of similar fish. As reported by Fox News, the existence of megamouth shark successfully captured by a foreign female diver, Penelope Bielich, while diving in Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara. Since then, public has been curious about the hideous underwater biota and its extremely rare appearence. The case of illegal fishing on endangered animals in Indonesian waters is not a rare event. WWF-Indonesia and Whale Stranding Indonesia (WSI) recorded that there were 24 reported dugong cathing activities by 2016. This is ironic for the fact that dugong has been protected since 1990 by The Act no. 5/1990.

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14 July 2016

Government Collaboration in the Synergy of Shark and Ray Preservation

Indonesia, as one among those countries having concern on the management and conservation of shark and ray, has ratified the International Plan Action (IPOA), agreed by the nations of the UN through FAO in 1999 and implemented by developing the National action Plan (NPOA). The stingray was added in this plan considering that they are still a family of sharks and they are also under a serious thread. The NPOA, ended in 2014, is followed by the formulation of Rencana Aksi Nasional (RAN/National Plan Action) of Shark and Ray for 2016-2020. This RAN Documents of Sharks and Rays management is conducted as a reference for any parties in developing and holding the conservation programs in preserving sharks and rays.

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22 August 2014

Let’s save Sharks and Manta Rays in West Manggarai!

Sharks and manta rays are two of many great marine biodiversity possessed by Indonesia, especially in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara. These two species are a magnet for tourists from across the world to come to Labuan Bajo and Komodo Island, either to dive or just indulge in the beauty of sharks and manta rays in their natural habitats. Threats on sharks and manta rays population in the tourist areas could be inevitable. Tourist ships in large numbers within one area is enough to distract the presence of manta rays. While from fisheries perspective, unintentionally catch of sharks and manta rays could as well reduce their population in the wild, which currently stands at below 1000 individuals. This worrying news will have negative impacts on the ecosystem as a whole and the economy of tourism.

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