Indonesia has opened Southeast Asia’s largest marine park in the Savu Sea, a migration route for almost half the world’s whale species and home to vast tracts of rare coral, the country’s fisheries minister said. Environmental groups, The Nature Conservancy and WWF will help set up the reserve, where efforts will be made to stamp out illegal practices such as dynamite and cyanide fishing. Tourism activities and subsistence fishing by locals will be allowed but restricted to certain areas.
The Savu Marine National Park, launched at the World Ocean Conference in Manado, Sulawesi, will cover 3.5 million hectares (8.649 million acres) in an area of 500 species of coral, 14 species of whales and 336 species of fish living in the Savu Sea near Flores in eastern Indonesia. About 14 species out of 27 — meaning 50 percent — species of whales in the world migrate using this route from the Pacific Ocean, passing through the Banda Sea, Flores Sea and Savu Sea to the Indian Ocean.
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Posted on June 14th, 2009 at 6:41 am by Ian