Courtney Cox

Evaluating and Improving Coral Reef Conservation Strategies across the Mesoamerican Coral Reef

Evaluate larval parrotfish larval dispersal across the Mesoamerican Coral Reef System by assessing population genetic structure.

Betty J.L. Laglbauer

Impacts, Alternative Solutions and Awareness of Mobula Fisheries in Indonesia

This project will combine fishing market surveys, citizen science, and interviews in West Nusa Tenggara to (1) describe species specific abundance at main aggregation sites, (2) describe species-specific foraging habits of mobulas, and (3) outreach activities to promote understanding between stakeholders while exploring potential solutions to reduce mobula by-catch and directed fisheries in Indonesia. Implementation of conservation measures on a local scale will be supported by producing information on the overlap of specific fisheries with potential feeding grounds, a photographic database, educational material, and recommendations for governmental institutions.

Karen Fuentes

Mexican Caribbean Manta Ray Project

Identify populations by a photographic database of manta rays, tag and obtain genetic samples, establish and education program, conservation, analyze impact of tourism and fishing activities.

Rodet Rodriguez Silva

Education of Local Communities Applying a Pilot Program Aimed to the Conservation of Vulnerable Freshwater Fish Species in Cienaga De Zapata National Park, Cuba

The goals of this project are to educate local communities for catching and breeding foreign fish species for their diet instead fishing vulnerable endemic species and to link local team members in a pilot program aimed to save threatened fish species in Cienaga de Zapata National Park.

Elizabeth Grace Tunka Eronat

Can Opportunistic Sampling Provide Information for Conservation of Sharks and Rays? Chondrichthyans Population Genetics and Breeding Ecology in Turkish Seas

Project will be organized in Izmir, Turkey. But, in scope of the project, all of the Turkish coastline and seas will be the study areas.

Ruth Leeney

Conservation and Monitoring of Endangered Sawfishes in Mozambique

This project aims to collect biological data from sawfishes in Mozambique, and to build capacity amongst government and communities to monitor and conserve sawfishes.

Rovshan Abbasov

Saving Small Streams for Sturgeons

The project aims to protect sturgeons increasing awareness of the society about the importance of sturgeons. The aim of the project is to identify problems more specifically and develop a new holistic scheme that enable to protect habitats of sturgeons.

Thangapandi Marudhupandi

Status Survey and Conservation Strategy of Elasmobranchs (Sharks) in South East Coast of India

This study was aimed to provide baseline information about the catch and landing details of sharks, fishing methods and also provides conservation measures for the effective management

Gonzalo Araujo

Whale Shark Conservation and Ecotourism at Panaon Island, Southern Leyte

We will continue to assess the population of whale sharks at Panaon Island to better understand their seasonal patterns and habitat use. We will conduct local capacity building and education workshops to improve ecotourism management and species protection.

Mohammed Abudaya

Assessment of the Gaza Fishery of the Giant Devil Ray (Mobulamobular) In the Wider Context of its Protection Status in the Mediterranean

The 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.