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Protectors of marine life threatened

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Published

2nd Nov, 2015

The submerged world of the Coral Triangle is a mesmerising spectacle of multi-coloured animals and plants. No other region on the planet can match the sheer diversity of species that populate this vast expanse of ocean that encompasses six nations: Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Salomon Islands and East Timor.The growing demand for shark fins and other shark-related products has led to a substantial increase in shark fishing in this area.

These marine predators are slow breeders and are often caught illegally or accidentally, bring many shark species to the brink of extinction. With the support of KLM and various other donors, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is working to conserve the Coral Triangle, which is not only home to a wealth of marine life, but also millions of people.

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Public awareness campaigns are one way of reaching people. The #SOSharks programme, for instance, run by WWF Indonesia, aims to stop the trade in shark products. A number of Indonesian celebrities and public figures came out in support of #SOSharks, which led to 14,000 people signing a petition. As one of the campaign supporters, Garuda Indonesia joined other airlines in placing an embargo on the transport of shark fins and other shark products. KLM has never had shark fin on the menu and, since 2001, we have had an embargo on transporting shark products. And that’s the way it will stay.

WWF and KLM: working together for a better world

Our planet is magnificent and we want to keep it that way! Together with WWF-NL, KLM is striving to achieve more sustainable operations, with lower CO2 emissions. One of our joint initiatives is the development of a market for sustainable biofuels. WWF-NL also advises KLM on inflight catering, which has prompted us to begin using alternatives such as responsible palm oil, soya and fish (ASC and MSC).
But KLM also actively contributes to nature conservation, financially supporting a number of WWF conservation projects, not only in the Coral Triangle, but also in the Amazon region and on the island of Bonaire.

Photo: ©naturepl.com/Cheryl-Samantha Owen /WWF-Canon

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