Komodo National Park, totaling 490,000 acres, is both a World Heritage Site as well as a Man in the Biosphere Reserve. Komodo National Park — made up of three rugged volcanic islands — is the last remaining natural habitat of the famed Komodo dragon, of which only 3,000 remain.
In the mid-1990s the Park was on a collision course despite its protected status. Overfishing, blast fishing, overhunting, unregulated tourism development — the park’s life-sustaining resources were being depleted at a rate and scale that simply could not continue without permanent, irreparable loss. Working with in-country partners, we are helping to protect the spectacular coral reefs that attract tourism income and harbor fish that sustain the region’s residents. The Indonesian government has banned fishing with dynamite, cyanide and gill nets — which indiscriminately strip whole swaths of ocean habitat. It has also banned the use of compressors and steel bars to shatter coral reefs in order to extract abalone. The government has established no-take zones to protect fish spawning areas, giving species room to regenerate and replenish populations even beyond the park’s waters. And, local people are permitted to engage in low-impact fishing for subsistence and commercial take in designated zones. Your help will protect and monitor one of the richest coral reefs in the world, home to sea grass meadows, mangrove forests, sea turtles, whales, dugongs and Komodo dragons.
under the sea
A beautiful nudibranch found in the Western Pacific.
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