Sangeeta Mangubhai

sangeetaSangeeta Mangubhai is a former marine scientist with The Nature Conservancy. She has 12 years of conservation science and management experience from Indonesia, Australia, the Pacific and East Africa. Dr. Mangubhai has a diverse set of skills and experiences in multi-objective marine protected area (MPA) design and management, conservation planning and strategy development. She has designed guidelines and practical tools for assessing the management effectiveness of MPAs. Sangeeta is also a specialist in designing monitoring programs to look at patterns of change in coral reef communities and assessing reef resilience to climate change. She has a strong interest in developing community-based monitoring and management systems that empower local users to make informed decisions about their resources. Her research interests include coral reproduction, reef resistance and resilience to coral bleaching, and recruitment and recovery processes on coral reefs. Sangeeta has a PhD from Southern Cross University in Australia, which she completed in Kenya.


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Indonesia’s First Shark Sanctuary – Raja Ampat Leads the Way

This week has without a doubt been the highlight of my career as a marine conservationist. And, as someone who has had a long-term love affair with the world’s oceans, it’s been a life highlight as well.

On 20 February 2013, the Raja Ampat government officially announced that it has declared its entire 4 million hectares of coastal and marine waters a shark sanctuary.

This means that all harvesting of sharks is now prohibited in its waters. In addition, the sanctuary also gives full protection to a number ecologically and economically important ocean species, such as manta rays, dugongs, whales, turtles, dolphins and ornamental fish species.

Why is this important and why should we care?

Well, sharks have a really hard time in our oceans. Beyond the often over-amplified fear people have of sharks, they are also targeted for their high-priced fins or are caught accidently in fishing nets.

It is estimated that at least 26-73 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.

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