This project aims to track a shift in perception from ignorance to interest and curiosity, and eventually understanding and respect. Specifically the project aims to ensure:
- An effectively managed and locally supported network of 5 MPAs offering critical protection for shark and ray breeding and nursing sites;
Over-exploitation of natural resources & prey depletion
- That changing public perceptions and behaviour towards sharks leads to increased engagement and empowered local champions in 3 coastal communities;
- A live shark release initiative is adopted by 30% of local fishermen;
- New income generating opportunities will provide an enabling environment and concrete pathway for illegal fishers to transition from shark fishing to shark friendly activities.
This project is implemented by Fauna and Flora International.