Elasmobranchs are a group of cartilaginous fish that include species such as sharks, rays, and skates. In Indonesia, there are several species of elasmobranchs found in the country's waters, including:
Indonesia is home to a rich diversity of marine life, including many species of elasmobranchs, making it a popular destination for shark and ray enthusiasts. As a matter of a fact, the diversity of elasmobranchs in Indonesia is among the highest in the world.
Out of the more than 1250 species of elasmobranchs in the world, Indonesian waters are home to 118 species of sharks, 101 species of rays and skates, and 6 species of chimaeras.
Thus, the work of NGO Elasmobranch Project Indonesia (EPI) is absolutely critical. They have a strong commitment in protecting this group of fish through their many activities:
One of their more exciting activities is that Elasmobranch Indonesia invites anyone to make a report of their sighting.
It’s true that with the increase of underwater camera use, which became way more affordable, every tourist or regular local diver can make reports about what they see. It’s a way to assist the organisation who can’t be everywhere, and to feel like being a scientist in your own right!
This is where Wisesa Cruise Directors come in. He’s a regular contributor to the team through his underwater photography capacity.
Join the team if you dive around the area and report to EPI your sightings! They will be extremely grateful and you would have done a great deal for Elasmobranchs and your personal pride!
Obviously, to enhance the chances of this project's success, EPI collaborates closely with specialists, scientists, students, and—most importantly—the Indonesian people.
EPI aims to spread the awareness required for the conservation of shark, ray, skate, and chimaera in Indonesia as well as critical knowledge about the diversity of elasmobranchs in Indonesia. their data will be able to support information on distribution at the local, state, and federal levels (IUCN).
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