About Our Vision, Mission and Partners

Thresher Shark Indonesia was initially started in 2018 and led by Indonesian young conservationists. Starting from a single project, we’re now an established Indonesian Non-Profit under the Yayasan Teman Laut Indonesia, AHU-0019780.AH.01.04.Tahun 2020. Our goal is to protect Indonesia’s declining and endangered thresher shark population.

Our mission is to conserve thresher sharks at Alor, East Nusa Tenggara, by providing policy recommendations through the studies of satellite and acoustic tagging technology and underwater surveys, as well as providing alternative livelihood solutions for shark-dependent communities in Indonesia. Thresher Shark Indonesia also trains 20 future indigenous leaders of Alor through the Thresher Shark Conservation Champion. We work closely with local communities, governments, businesses, scientists, filmmakers, and other NGOs to develop long-term solutions that protect endangered shark species, as well as respect the rights of local people to livelihoods.

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Our Achievement

Thresher Shark Indonesia first documented thresher shark sightings around Alor diving sites, movement information through satellite and acoustic tagging studies, and gained perceptions about the fisheries dependency of thresher shark fishing. In 2020, we established the first district policy to protect coastal communities’ livelihoods and reduce their dependence on shark fishing. Thresher shark fishing in Alor was previously unknown to local government institutions. Our outreach activities were successfully delivered to more than 700 Alor communities through radio, community events, and other engagements. This has shifted the local communities’ perception of the importance of conserving thresher sharks and valuing them as a local tourism asset in Alor.

Read more about our impact report 2023 in detail here

Read more about our impact report 2021-2022 in detail here

Read more about our impact report 2020-2021 in detail here

Our Locations

We operate in three regions: Alor, Banda, and Flores, with our main office in Alor. Alor Island, East Nusa Tenggara, is a small island region of Indonesia where communities depend on pelagic thresher shark populations as subsistence livelihoods. We work with Alor, Banda, and Flores communities to develop strategies to achieve conservation and protect people’s wellbeing.


Conservation International
MAC3 Impact Philanthropies
Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)
Shark Conservation Fund
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Alumni Grant Scheme from Australia Awards
East West Center
Ocean Blue Tree
Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Darwin Initiative
Coral Reef Care
Rumah Foundation
Save Our Seas Foundation
McPz Foundation
Daughters For Earth

Government Partners

Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur
Pemerintah Kabupaten Alor

Organization Partners

Indonesian Manta Project
Shawn Heinrichs
Indonesian Ocean Pride
Aliansi Bahari Alor
Thrive Conservation
Underwater Tribe
Big Wave TV
National Geographic
University of Oxford

Business and Fundraising Partners

Air Dive Alor
Found at Sea
Granger Studios
Nomad Plastic
Below and Beyond Art
Savu South Alor
OASEA Laboratories
Flipflop and Treacle

Our Team