Assessment of the Gaza Fishery of the Giant Devil Ray (Mobulamobular) In the Wider Context of its Protection Status in the MediterraneanThe urgent need for this project has arisen due to the images and reports that uncovered a specific targeted fishery in Gaza for the giant devil ray. Any such targeted fishery on this already endangered species will constrain their ability to recover from a depleted state and possibly result in their extinction. Until now this species appears to have been caught only as bycatch; however these recent reports indicate that a well-established and specific target fishery exists. It is vital that data is collected now before the species is pushed to the brink of extinction. With pressure faced from bycatch fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea, this already vulnerable species will not be able to endure the added stresses of a target fishery.
The Study of Reproduction Ecology of Endangered Endemic Fish Species Sevan TroutAimed at conservation of Sevan trout the complex study of its ecology in spawning period as well as habitat conditions will be done. The results will be used to strengthen public awareness and activate the local communities to protect this species.
Coping Mechanisms and the Vulnerability of a Keystone Reef Predator (Peacock Hind, Cephalopholis argus) to Climate-Change in Lakshadweep.Climate-change disturbances can have far reaching consequences for reef fish populations. Persisting under change depends on a species’ ability to cope with the disturbance. This project studies the coping mechanisms (flexibility in foraging ecology, physiology and demography) of a keystone predatory grouper (Cephalopholis argus) and assesses its vulnerability to mass-bleaching disturbances in Lakshadweep.
Linking Conservation and Livelihoods in Lakshadweep’s Fisheries: Long-Term Monitoring of the Live-Bait Pole and Line Tuna FisheryWith our second Rufford grant, we hope to build upon our previous work, strengthening the sustainability of the live-bait pole and line fishery through researcher and community-based fisheries monitoring and market research. Improvements in monitoring, management and markets are critical to safeguard a shift from the traditional pole and line fishery to unsustainable reef fishing practices.
Pirapitinga Project - Conservation and Environmental Education Allied for Maintenance of Endangered Fishes from Headwaters of Two Main Brazilian BasinsConservation and environmental education allied for maintenance of endangered fishes from headwaters of two main brazilian basins
Survey of Freshwater, Estuarine, and Coastal Fishes of the Demerara River, Guyana We will investigate the coastal and estuarine fishes of the Demerara River, using commercial and artisanal fishing vessels crewed by local fishermen. The goal of our proposal is to survey the fish species caught in the Demerara River and produce a guide to the identification of these species; train local students to collect meaningful fish catch data from markets and fishermen, and promote sustainable harvest management practices.
Conservation Awareness Campaign for the Protection of Critically Endangered Jipe Tilapia and its Habitat in Lake Jipe Tanzania Conservation of Jipe tilapia and its habitat through tree planting, awareness campaign, and best land use practices and education toward improvement of environmentally friendly alternative livelihood activities.
Ray of Hope: Monitoring and Protecting the World’s Largest Gathering of Giant Mantas The largest identified population of Manta birostris has been discovered off mainland Ecuador. Isla de la Plata and Cope, two of the main identified aggregation sites for this species along the coast, represent the finest opportunity to study this threatened ray in the wild and contribute to largely absent biological and ecological information on this species.
Participatory Monitoring of Fisheries and Beach Management Training in Kenyan South CoastThis project addresses the issue of fisheries resource use by artisanal fishers and their active participation in resource management. This will be achieved by training and engaging them in monitoring their resource use and impacts and thus become active managers of their resources.
Conservation of Key Shark Habitats and Development of a Stepping Stone for a Long-Term Monitoring System of Local Shark Communities in Cape VerdeThe project aims to use genetic methodology to obtain the first critical data about abundance, population structure, degree of isolation, and the use of nursery areas of a model shark species around an island in Cape Verde. It forms the basis to facilitate long-term participatory monitoring of shark fauna in Cape Verde.