Project #18457

Support Shark Conservation in Thailand

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust


Sharks are disappearing from our oceans at an alarming rate, with some records indicating that 90% of some of the larger species are already gone. The people of Khao Lak and surrounds are heavily dependent on dive-based tourism and fishing. The rapid decline in coral reef health is threatening their way of life. Marine-based research and education are essential for the future of this area, to ensure that the spectacular coral reefs of Thailand stay healthy.
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Recent estimates show as many as 100 million sharks are killed every year. Shark products such as shark fin soup, teeth and shark oil are popular in much of Asia. With Shark fishing and finning largely unregulated, there's been a sharp decline in shark species globally. As apex predators, sharks are integral to a healthy marine ecosystem. Coastal Thailand relies heavily on wildlife-based tourism and fishing and the current decline in reef health threatens the way of life for thousands of people.


GVI Thailand, in partnerships with Shark Guardian, will provide educational programs/presentations to educate people about shark conservation. Research projects, such as citizen science initiatives and identification courses will increase scientific understanding of shark populations. Finally, we hope to collaborate with other marine organisations to increase our scope and to design and implement guidelines/codes of conduct to reduce damaging tourist operations and the demand for shark products.

Long-Term Impact

By educating the local community, we are motivating and inspiring others to get more involved with shark and marine conservation activities. Educating the community on sustainable alternatives in eco-tourism is the long-term goal in protecting sharks and other marine life. By educating people and overcoming previous misconceptions related to these animals, we would hopefully reduce the demand of shark products. By promoting promoting eco-tourism we can offer alternative ways of earning money.


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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Kate Robey
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom

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