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.

Nelli Barseghyan

The Study of Reproduction Ecology of Endangered Endemic Fish Species Sevan Trout

Aimed 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.

Rucha Karkarey

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.

Mahima Jaini

Linking Conservation and Livelihoods in Lakshadweep’s Fisheries: Long-Term Monitoring of the Live-Bait Pole and Line Tuna Fishery

With 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.

Oscar Vitorino

Pirapitinga Project - Conservation and Environmental Education Allied for Maintenance of Endangered Fishes from Headwaters of Two Main Brazilian Basins

Conservation and environmental education allied for maintenance of endangered fishes from headwaters of two main brazilian basins

Matthew Kolmann

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.

Johnson Grayson Mshana

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.

Andrea Marshall

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.

Paul Tuda

Participatory Monitoring of Fisheries and Beach Management Training in Kenyan South Coast

This 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.

Katharina Fietz

Conservation of Key Shark Habitats and Development of a Stepping Stone for a Long-Term Monitoring System of Local Shark Communities in Cape Verde

The 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.