Efforts to protect the marine environment of the Keys and Key West by American people are also done by Indonesian people on many of their tropical islands.
If properly implemented, tourism can bring positive benefits to the environment. For instance, visitors who enjoy diving, and snorkeling will be more appreciative to the coral reef. They can tell their friends and colleagues to stop throwing domestic and industrial wastes into the sea.
Regular patrols in Raja Ampat have significantly reduced harmful fishing practices that use explosive and poisonous materials. Some fishermen that use explosives had even been shot as a shock therapy to stop them from bombing fish again. Modern trawler vessels with huge net have caused rapid decline in fish stocks all over the world. Aquaculture could be an alternative answer to restore the dwindling fish stocks in the oceans.
Plastic wastes thrown by ship crews and citizens from the surrounding towns in West Papua and Maluku are still drifting to the region. More efforts are still needed by all parties in Indonesia to protect the marine environment in the country.