About Our Project

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

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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.


Thresher Shark Project 2019 Project Summary and Accomplishments

Thresher sharks (Alopias spp.) have just recently been added to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species (CITES, Appendix II) (CoP17 Prop.43). Their family is among the most vulnerable of all pelagic species and it is estimated that the population has declined around 83% due to bycatch and target fisheries. Our project aims to…

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Importance of Stakeholder Engagement

Creating Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s ) is an incredible way to conserve marine life and habitats. Yet, many MPA’s come short of their goals and lack effectiveness due to disagreements and fall outs amongst local communities and other stakeholders involved.  Stakeholder engagement throughout the entire development process of a marine protected area ( MPA )…

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Thresher Shark Project Goals

THRESHER SHARK PROJECT GOALS FOR THIS YEAR Interview with Thresher Shark Project Indonesia Co-Founder and Project leader - Rafid Shidqi Our goal is to stop the mortality of Thresher sharks in Alor, whilst improving the livelihoods of the communities in the area.  We have developed a proposal via the Shark Conservation Fund to continue our…

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My population keeps declining. Help me survive in the wild


80%

Continues population declines for the past 10 years

50%

As bycatch in industrial tuna fisheries

±US$ 13 M

Annual revenues from tourism activities

Sources: Report, Indonesian Ministry of Marine and Fisheries (2016) and Cruz, C (2016)

Thresher Shark (Hiu Tikus) Alopias pelagicus

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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Thresher Shark Project Indonesia
Alor Island, East Nusa Tenggara
Indonesia
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ABOUT

Thresher Shark Project Indonesia was founded in 2018 and initially supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme for Asia Pacific Region. Our work aiming 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.

           
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