As you know we are facing a serious issue of overfishing and illegal fishing around the world and this includes the fishing for sharks and their fins is now at a critically low population worldwide. We know this comes down to some countries having a real lack of basic management, control and surveillance and that is why this project needs so much support and funding as we have to tackle the issues we face from every possible angle.
With your donations we work with our team to set the priorities that will maximise impact and be more critical against our fight over the next 3 months and with the funds we raised last quarter we decided the priority for us was surveillance, although we would love to have funded critical research that we could present to educate governments to get them to take a bigger stand, financially this came on our list as less critical.
The number of illegal fishing boats entering the water and fishing for sharks has risen to an alarming rate and with so few charities and governments tackling the issue we had to step up and re-allocate our funding to getting patrols out into the water and focus on finding and prosection of illegal fishing boats.
While we know this is not sustainable it has ended the quarter in success with our team saving many sharks and now we will review our fundraising to focus on more sustainable routes moving forward.
We are 100% funded by our amazing supporters, friends and family that donate to our project and we thank you for your support to our project. While we love the work we do it simply is not possible without you and we never forget this. If you ever want to join us on our misison or find out more please do get in touch with myself or the team at action change.
Our team help train, develop and inspire local African communities to join our program as a researcher or outreach work that educate their fellow peers and other community members of the issues we face in the Ocean that is right on their doorstep.
Our project works on multiple local initiatives to tackle the issues, working with local government and top conservation influencers we aim to fund the training and equipment for locals to train as researchers and monitors under the ocean. All our research is verified and influences policy through partnerships. Our team are also committed to building awareness and providing education on the critical condition and this is best done peer to peer and from community leaders that advocate the issue. We have managed to raise $665 so far for this program.
Climate change and human activities are the biggest threat to our oceans, wildlife is being effected by rising ocean temperatures, as well as plastic becoming an increasing concern and a serious threat to life in the ocean it is time to take action.
Working with local government and top conservation influencers we aim to fund the training and equipment for locals to train as researchers and monitors under the ocean. All our research is verified and influences policy through partnerships. Our team are also committed to building awareness and providing education on the critical condition and this is best done peer to peer and from community leaders that advocate the issues. It costs our partners $2500 per month to run a research station.
According to the United Nations SDG 14 - Saving our ocean must remain a priority. Marine biodiversity is critical to the health of people and our planet. Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.
We have formed a new partnership to address this goal, in the Western Cape who employ a holistic and inclusive research approach, working to promote the sustainable use and informed conservation of living marine resources. In addition to our research, the academy works on skills development and training division, offering exceptional training opportunities for early career scientists and conservationists..
This project started out in the Seychelles and being so successful has moved across Africa. It is our priority to build long term sustainable research and awareness projects that help protect the wildlife within our oceans. Our team help train, develop and inspire local African communities to join our program as a researcher or outreach work that educate their fellow peers and other community members of the issues we face in the Ocean that is right on their doorstep.
We ran a shark night at the aquarium in October to raise awareness and break negative stigma attached to sharks from any one from the community. And 44 rescued turtles were returned to the ocean!
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