Special BioNews Yarari
The Dutch Caribbean is an important area for marine mammals, sharks and rays. These animals have important ecological roles in maintaining the health of coral reefs and open ocean ecosystems.
The Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary comprises all the waters of Bonaire and Saba and St. Eustatius. The name of the sanctuary “Yarari” is a Taíno Indian word, meaning ‘a fine place’. It is intended to provide “a fine place” for marine mammals, sharks and rays, where they will receive the necessary attention to ensure their protection.
This special edition of BioNews contains information on the Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary and an overview of the current knowledge on marine mammals, sharks and rays. As it is intended to eventually also include the other, neighboring, Dutch Caribbean islands: Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, we present the available shark, ray and marine mammal information for the entire Dutch Caribbean.
Download the full colour interactive version of the Yarari Sanctuary (~ 16 MB).
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