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Indonesia is the Worlds leading exporter of shark fins to the SE Asian shark fin soup industry. Of late it is also playing an expanding role in the export of manta ray gill sections for Chinese medicines and potions. With some 17,500 plus islands supporting a population approaching 250 million it is no surprise these waters are rapidly being emptied of its diverse and iconic marine life. With an estimated 10% of the total population also dependent on the Oceans for their daily sustenance it comes as no surprise that these resources are dwindling, fast.
I will be aiming to travel the length and breadth of this amazing archipelago to document not just the negative side of this fishery but also to bring to light some stories of hope. Stories of local fishermen turning towards Eco-tourism after realizing the potential long term benefits and revenues of marine wildlife related tourism as opposed to the one off reward for selling a fished commodity.
I will be joining shark fishermen as they take perilous 12 day excursions in search of their prey, I will document the fishery in every element, the people surviving from it, the people benefiting from it and the questionable measures some will go to in order to continue their catches. It will be a definite eye opener.
I shot the entire piece on a Canon 5DMkII on the islands of Bali and Lombok, Indonesia, and used FCPx for editing.