|Country||Palestinian Territory, Occupied|
|Categories||Education, Fishes, Marine|
|Date||27 Jun 2016|
This project will be carried out to obtain a clearer understanding of the current status of the mobulid fishery in Gaza and is in response to the reports and images obtained from Gaza displaying a mass culling of Mobula mobular. Our understanding is that this was not an unusual or sporadic event and that an established fishery for this particular species exists and therefore data obtained through surveys from this project will provide us with information required to conduct long-term research and conservation objectives for this region.
Given that this species is listed as Endangered by the IUCN, any such targeted fishery is likely to have a drastic effect on their populations. This project aims to assess the scale of this fishery, confirm the species being landed and make management policy recommendations.
1- Collect data on mobulid rays and other elasmobranchs from fish landing sites in Gaza.
2- Estimate the scale and sustainability of the Gaza mobulid fishery.
3- Collect data on shark fish landing sites in Gaza.
4- Conduct comprehensive awareness raising campaigns and education programs targeting consumers, fishermen and fish dealers.
Read about Mohammed's previous project http://www.rufford.org/projects/mohammed_abudaya or for more information contact: