Thresher Shark Project Indonesia was founded in 2018 and initially supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme for Asia Pacific Region. Our work aims to protect endangered pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) in Alor Island, Indonesia through investigating the critical habitat, socio-economic importance of the species for the community and conservation outreach to local schools. We combine research and community engagement to inform policy decision for local protection of the species
Read more about our latest work; from tagging the first thresher shark with a satellite tag, visiting local schools to tell thresher shark storybook to meeting with Regent Government of Alor.
My population keeps declining. Help me survive in the wild
Continues population declines for the past 10 years
As bycatch in industrial tuna fisheries
Annual revenues from tourism activities
Pelagic Thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) has just risen from "Vulnerable (VU)" to "Endangered (EN)" from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list of threatened species. Although International Concern is rising, their species still largely understudied with no conservation priority sites, no critical habitat identified, and no education and outreach. Their population primarily depleted due to bycatch and targeted fisheries, both large and small scale. Their biological characteristics as slow-growing, slow mature animals, put them at a high risk of extinction.
Although Thresher shark is protected through Ministerial Decree - Permen KP No. 26, 2013 & and listed as Appendix II in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora - protection at the local level do not yet implemented due to socio-economic importance of the species for several local communities in Indonesia
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