The Islands of Raja Ampat, off the South Western coast of the Province of Papua, is one of the richest source of marine biodiversity in the world.
But unfortunately, not many people in Indonesia know about this region which has just been declared by our government as a Sanctuary for Sharks and other sea creatures..
Considering this fact, I would like to share with you an article about it that I have quoted from the site Good News From Indonesia.
Indonesia has declared a vast sanctuary for sharks, turtles and manta rays in a region known as one of the world’s richest sources of marine biodiversity, officials and conservationists said Tuesday.
The sanctuary covers 46,000 square kilometres (17,760 square miles) of waters around the Raja Ampat islands in eastern Indonesia, part of the so-called Coral Triangle region of Southeast Asia.
Sharks, manta rays, mobulas, dugongs and turtles are fully protected within the sanctuary, and destructive practices including reef bombing and the aquarium fish trade are banned, local officials said.
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