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Indonesia sets example for global shark conservation

  • Noviar Andayani and Hollie Booth

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 29, 2018   /  03:01 pm
Indonesia sets example for global shark conservation Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti at Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

This week, the Indonesian government hosts the fifth Our Ocean Conference in Bali ( OOC18 ). This meeting gathers leaders in government, conservation and industry from across the globe to generate commitments and actions to maintain the sustainability of our oceans. 

This year’s theme — Our Oceans, Our Legacy — recognizes our inextricable relationship with ocean ecosystems: in our past, in the present and for our future.

Sharks form an integral part of our ocean ecosystems and the ties that bind us to our marine environment. Humans evolved from the ocean, and the common evolutionary link for all jawed vertebrates on Earth resembled a shark. In that sense, sharks are our ancestors.

Today, sharks play an important role in maintaining functional and productive ocean ecosystems even as they provide a source of income and foo...

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