|Categories||Education, Fishes, Marine|
|Date||30 Apr 2018|
Sharks are among the most endangered marine species and are affected by both benthic and pelagic fishing gears. They have small number of pups and long pre-mature period, so overcrowding negatively reflects on populations. Big number of shark species that are inhabiting Adriatic are threatened according to the IUCN criteria, from which some are critically endangered and protected by international law. Some are protected by national law and it need to be enforced. Ecological knowledge about this issue is on the insufficient level and need to be improved, too. Project seeks to find solutions for these issues and improve knowledge of all involved stakeholders.
Fieldwork will be performed for 40 days during the warmer half of the year. Four fleet segments are included into survey and those are: trawlers, pelagic longliners, set gillnets and big game fishing. For each segment, 10 days of fieldwork has been predicted. Collected data will include fishing activity and habitat data (fishing gear characteristics, locality, timeframe, depth…) and biological data of the found sharks (morphometric measures, sex, reproductive status and other). Collected data will be included into publication at the end of the project and shared to all interested parties.
Educational part of the project is including presentations for the pupils in the elementary and high schools across the coastal region of Montenegro. For wider community, project website will be designed and short impact video will be produced. Project predicts developing of different kind promotional materials which will serve for long-time promotion of sharks and their importance through conservational messages. Furthermore, workshop for the representatives of fishermen community and government institutions will be organized. It will serve for summarizing the project results and determine further actions.
Read about Ilija's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/ilija_cetkovic_0 or for more information contact: