The Maldives has used the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil to announce that all 1,192 of its islands will become a marine reserve by 2017.
AFP quotes the President Mohamed Waheed as saying: “I would like to announce today Maldives will become the first country to become a marine reserve.”
“It will become the single largest marine reserve in the world. This policy will allow only sustainable and eco-friendly fishing. It will exclude deep-sea, purse-seining and other destructive techniques,” he said.
A short dive film from Lhaviyani and Noonu Atolls, Maldives
Filmed and Edited by Dave Bretherton
Two minutes in heaven in the Maldives by my buddy Dave Bretherton. I have such talented friends!
Check out the Grey Reef Shark vertical cleaning stance [1:28] where it shakes it like a polaroid picture to signal to the cleaner wrasse.
Adult Brown Banded Bamboo Shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) by Dave Bretherton
Snorkeling tourists have an amazing experience with feeding mantas in Baa Atoll in the Maldives. Photo by Adam Broadbent.
Blue-Lined Snappers | Dave Bretherton
Schooling Manta Rays | Dave Bretherton
Scorpion fish | Dave Bretherton
Nurse Shark | Dave Bretherton
Marble Ray | Dave Bretherton
Anemone fish | Dave Bretherton