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Why are they biodiverse?

- over half the world's known species of cetaceans are found in the region

- the area supports the world's largest remaining populations of dugongs, and green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles (endangered or critically endangered)

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- most of the marine species have low reproductive rates, making them vulnerable to overharvesting

- dugongs and turtles are being hunted recently for commercial gain

- dolphins are being sought for food (mean and oil) and medicine (oil), and their shells, skin and bones are often used for jewellery

- limited national management mechanisms to protect marine animals and their habitats

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Management techniques

- 2008-2012 Marine Species Programme

- promote the integration of Marine Species Programme and Action Plans priorities into national strategies, plans and projects as appropriate and relevant to national needs

- dugong, marine turtle and whale and dolphin action plans

- develop and implement monitoring, evaluation and reporting mechanisms

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