The project will help to conserve the whale shark, reduce over-fishing and address unemployment amongst fishermen in already poor communities. Whale shark viewing has become increasingly popular among tourists and the project aims to teach responsible guiding in an area with one of the biggest populations of whale sharks.
A five-day intensive training course will educate up to 20 ex-fishermen and unqualified current whale shark guides. The course will enable participants to train other potential guides with a 'train the trainer' approach, thus widening the impact.
The project will help us create new livelihood opportunities for up to 20 fishermen and unqualified guides, as well as protect one of the most important marine species and prevent over-fishing in the region.