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  • The top of the food chain in Raja Ampat, Indonesia never looked better!
  • On February 20th 2013, the Raja Ampat government officially announced that it had set aside all of its 4 million hectares of coastal and marine waters as a shark sanctuary. (Read more here!)
  • Why is this a big deal? For starters, it’s estimated that as many as 73 million sharks are killed each year globally, mostly for their fins.
  • Shark finning is one of the cruelest practices around—it involves throwing a still-breathing shark overboard with its fins cut off and its body bleeding into the water.
  • Shark finning isn’t just putting these already vulnerable animals at risk of extinction.
  • When you remove a top predator—like a shark species—from an ecosystem, that whole ecosystem can become less productive and possibly even collapse.
  • With at least 20 million people in Indonesia directly depending on fisheries for their livelihoods and as a source of protein, we applaud the Raja Ampat government’s breakthrough policy.
  • Hopefully this is will inspire other governments in Indonesia and beyond to follow suit!
Indonesia’s First Shark Sanctuary
Raja Ampat Dedicates Four Million Hectares of Ocean to Sharks

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