Thursday, July 02, 2009

Maldives Protects Giant Rays' Favorite Feeding Spots

And why wouldn't they? The marine environment is the bedrock of the Maldives economy.

In June 2009 the Maldives created three new marine protected areas that include Hanifaru and other crucial feeding areas for mantas and whale sharks, the world's largest fish (whale shark pictures, facts, and more).

Fishing, boat speeds, and waste disposal will be regulated. The new sanctuaries, however, will allow some diving and snorkeling—a healthy tourist trade may provide alternative livelihoods for fishers, experts say.

"The government is committed to protecting and preserving the Maldives' exceptional biodiversity," Maldives Environment Minister Mohamed Aslam said in a statement.

As always, the NatGeo article has stunning photos attached.

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