2020
by MarViva Foundation

Building partnerships between artisanal fishing groups and local authorities to protect critically endangered scalloped hammerheads and threatened shark species in Colombia

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Community managed nature protection Species protection
2020
by MarViva Foundation

Building partnerships between artisanal fishing groups and local authorities to protect critically endangered scalloped hammerheads and threatened shark species in Colombia

Impact shark conservation leveraging: local stakeholders’ partnerships for marine conservation and coastal development in Chocó, Colombia; awareness generation among decision makers and fisher communities on the critical ecological role of sharks for marine sustainability and social wellbeing; fostering of behavioral change among fishers through practical training and promotion of best practices to reduce targeted captures and by-catch of threatened species; capacity building towards improved regulations within the Action Plan for the MPA ‘Regional District of Integrated Management of Bajo Baudó’/DRMI-BB (emphasis: migratory, breeding and feeding sites including pelagic waters, mangroves, estuaries); disseminating project results to encourage replication and escalation.

 

*Participatory workshops:

  • in coastal communities to train artisanal fishers on shark species ecology, habitat, behavior, ecosystem role, growth rates, fishing good practices for their capture (includes practical exercise/role play to showcase vulnerability of shark populations).
  • with fishers and authorities for collaborative analysis and local acknowledgement of gear, fishing areas and seasons generating largest shark catch.

 

*Participatory resource management (fishers/authorities):

  • Development of a consensus recommendation for improved local regulation
  • Presented to regional environmental authority
  • Voluntary adoption in the MPA

 

*Results divulgation:

  • production and publication of a Guide to Stop Shark Depletion in Artisanal Fisheries
  • learnings dissemination (local community radio, social networks).
Name organisation:
MarViva Foundation
Start date:
01-06-2020
Funding:
€10000
Social media/website
Country/Territory:
Colombia
Name organisation:
MarViva Foundation
Start date:
01-06-2020
Funding:
€10000
Social media/website
Country/Territory:
Colombia Africa

Endangered shark species

The initiative will contribute to protect endangered shark species, leveraging local stakeholders’ partnerships in support of marine conservation and coastal development in Chocó, northern Pacific Colombia. It will raise awareness among decision makers and fisher communities on the critical ecological role of sharks for marine sustainability and social wellbeing. The project will foster behavioral change among artisanal fishers through practical training and promotion of best practices to reduce shark by-catch and targeted captures. It will advance capacity building towards improved regulations within the Action Plan for the MPA ‘Regional District of Integrated Management of Bajo Baudó’/DRMI-BB, with emphasis on migratory, breeding and feeding sites (including pelagic waters, mangroves, estuaries). In complement, it will encourage replication and escalation of successful strategies, through results dissemination in the national and international scopes.