Thresher Shark Indonesia is an initiative that initially funded by the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) for Asia Pacific Conservation Award in 2018. The project’s goal is to protect the declining and endangered thresher shark population in Indonesia.
Our mission is to provide critical habitat information of thresher shark at Alor, East Nusa Tenggara, through the use of satellite tagging technology and underwater surveys. We also engage local students, dive centers, and resorts to join our citizen science monitoring program and raise community awareness of thresher shark conservation.Shark Ecology Community Engagement Grassroot Conservation Shark Fisheries Conservation
Thresher Shark Project Indonesia first documented thresher shark sighting around Alor diving sites, movement information through satellite tagging studies, and gained the perceptions about the fisheries dependency of thresher shark fishing. Thresher shark fishing in Alor was previously unknown to local government institutions. We also conducted outreach activities to grow awareness of the importance of conserving thresher shark. The outreach activities successfully delivered to 141 local students in elementary schools in both shark-fishing villages, 113 university students from two Universities, and 17 youth community and local organizations. We also extended the outreach to local Radio, newspapers, and Alor Expo Event to the general public.
Read more about our project report in details here
Alor Island, East Nusa Tenggara is a small island region of Indonesia where communities are depending on pelagic thresher shark populations as subsistence livelihoods. We work with Alor communities to understand the socio-economic importance of pelagic thresher shark. As a growing tourism destination, particularly for underwater diving, the Alor region is now seeking to value the endangered pelagic thresher shark. Together with communities, we are working on the potential to develop this species as a future tourism attraction for conservation and as a way to maintain the livelihoods of people.