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.

Alexander Alexiades

Understanding the Impacts of Hydroelectric Dams on Stream Ecology and Endemic Fish Species in the Napo River Basin of Ecuador

To understands impacts of dams on rarely studied endemic fish species which will directly inform conservation and management efforts in the Napo River Basin.

Prakash Sanjeevi

Status and Safe Exploitation of Marine Ornamental Fishes and Invertebrates of Gulf of Mannar, Tamilnadu: An Expensive Reserve for Conservation

The project aims to study the perception and attitude of fishermen towards the trade and conservation of marine ornamental fishes and invertebrates, identifying key fishing zones and market discrepancies from collectors to hobbyists in the Gulf of Mannar region.

Chris Bone

Honouring Traditional Fisheries Management in Northern Vanuatu

We aim to assist three communities towards having more fish to eat and more income to educate their children and provide food and healthcare in times of need.