Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary


The populations of sharks worldwide are in sharp decline and therefore in urgent need of protection from illegal fishing and fisheries by-catch.The establishment of this Sanctuary for sharks, as well as marine mammals, was at the request of the Governments of Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius.The local nature conservation and fisheries organizations are involved in the protection. The name of the Sanctuary “Yarari” is a Taíno Indian word, meaning ‘a fine place’.

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