Due to its unique oceanographic features, including deep trenches, strong currents, and areas of upwelling, the Savu Sea is an important habitat and migratory corridor for cetaceans and turtles, a key nursery area for fish, and a refuge for coral reefs. However, these resources are being threatened by unsustainable and destructive fishing pressure and increasing coastal development.
In response to these threats the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries made a decision to develop a network for two interconnected MPAs and invited TNC to participate in the design and implementation of this MPA network.
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