A third of sought-after fish species are caught at a rate faster than their populations can regenerate according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In addition, destructive fishing practices kill many species, especially large underwater predators, such as sharks, dolphins and whales.
Water areas where authorities limit human activity, also known as Marine and Freshwater Protected Areas (MPAs and FPAs) are key to countering unsustainable fishing practices. However, according to the Marine Protection Atlas, fully protected MPAs only cover 2.7% of the world’s oceans.
We assist with the protection of MPAs through data collection and community engagement initiatives. Our teams work with local governments to study their local MPAs for species most impacted by the fishing industry. Additionally, we work with these public organisations to engage local communities in effectively managing their own marine resources.
Our Current Initiatives
- Surveys of the reef surrounding Caqalai island in Fiji in collaboration with the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) network
- Surveys of Arrecife de Puerto Morelos National Park, a protected area that’s part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS) the second largest reef system in the world, in collaboration with the National Fisheries Institute of Mexico
- Lionfish removal in Mexico in collaboration with the National Fisheries Institute of Mexico
- Surveys of Baie Ternay and Port Launay Marine National Parks in collaboration with Seychelles National Parks Authority
- Sicklefin lemon shark tagging in Curieuse National Marine Park in Seychelles in collaboration with Seychelles National Parks Authority
- Data collection of predatory marine animals using Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) in Curieuse National Marine Park in Seychelles in collaboration with Seychelles National Parks Authority
Community members upskilled in marine life monitoring techniques in 2018
Community members engaged in marine conservation workshops in 2018
Community members collaborated on global marine conservation efforts in 2018