Save dugongs & sea turtles in the Indian Ocean!

by Smart Earth Network


Artisanal fisheries need tools to prevent trapping of dolphins, sea turtles, and dugongs in their nets. We work with conservationist NGO C-3 and communities in the Philippines and elsewhere. We are providing practical solutions which protect endangered species, and sustain local livelihoods and eco-tourism. Using our smartphone app, fishermen are already monitoring dugongs. Next we are developing devices to attach to their nets to reduce the by-catch of large and endangered species.

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Artisanal fisheries represent 95% of fishermen globally but only account for 30% of the fish catch. These communities are poor, increasingly marginalised & unable to practice sustainable fishing practices. Problems of overfishing & accidental by-catch threaten their livelihoods, the biodiversity of our seas, and the staple diet of the communities. We are helping NGO C-3 (Community Centred Conservation) who are working with communities on the ground, to develop tools to help solve these problems


The project brings conservationists & technologists together to innovate and deploy solutions which enable more sustainable practices, whether it be to better monitor endangered species, help reduce by-catch of megafauna, or better fisheries management policy making. We are currently trialling a solution for fisherman to report rare sightings of dugongs. We are developing cheaper pingers to warn dolphins away from gillnets, and helping develop a better solution for weighing fish catch.

Long-Term Impact

By providing more effective tools the project will help conservationists and artisanal fishing communities to better protect endangered species, to reduce the by-catch of sea-turtles and dolphins, and provide the information across communities needed to take better fishing quota setting decisions. In the long-term these benefits will help sustain the livelihoods and staple diet of these communities, and create new opportunities for locally run eco-tourism initiatives.



Organization Information

Smart Earth Network

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
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Twitter: @smartearthnet
Smart Earth Network
Sarah LaBrasca
Project Leader:
Sarah LaBrasca
London, London United Kingdom

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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