Photo by @shinalodon
| On assignment for @insidenatgeo
as second assistant for @kiliiiyuyan
upcoming story about indigenous stewardship for @natgeo
magazine. Kiliii Yüyan is exploring traditional indigenous methods of conservation land-management and climate change mitigation as part of a new collaboration between the National Geographic Society and @TheClimatePledge
. The partnership supports National Geographic Explorers documenting the global climate crisis.
We came to work in Palau, one of the world’s smallest countries in the western Pacific renowned for its pristine marine environment while the spirit of conservation lies deep in traditional culture. This island nation of Micronesia spearheaded a major movement to address thee global declines of shark populations by establishing the first shark sanctuary in the world in 2009, where commercial shark fishing are banned throughout the whole exclusive economic zone of its waters. It is no wonder why Palau is a major attraction to divers from around the world, enjoying economic benefits of healthy shark populations with shark diving tourism accounts for about 8% of the GDP, while a single grey reef shark is estimated to generate close to 2 million USD throughout its lifetime.
Here is a shiver of Blacktip reef sharks in the shallow of “Shark City” of Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, a UNESCO world heritage site. These small reef sharks frequent this area as visitors often throw out their lunch, becoming an attraction of the Rock Islands. Not that we are encouraging feeding wild animals, but the sharks have accustomed to people and check us out even without feeding involved. This is only a small part of the story that @Kiliiiyuyan
is working on but he definitely enjoyed working with the sharks here as we made a few visits to this area.
for the update of his current project and stories on indigenous culture and @shinalodon
for other stuffs mostly about marine conservation.
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