Small Grant Program 2019

Matt Marriott

Southeast Asian shark and ray research and conservation capacity building workshop 2019

Grantee: Dr. Andrew Chin, James Cook University
Workstream: CITES: Supporting new listings and building capacity for full implementation
Location: Southeast Asia
Grant Amount: $23,754
Duration: One year

The South East Asian region contains extremely high shark and ray diversity but is also a global hotspot for shark and ray fisheries and trade. Unfortunately, there is limited elasmobranch specific research capacity. This workshop brings researchers, managers, and conservation practitioners from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, and Australia together to build regional capacity in shark and ray research and develop social capital to support future conservation efforts.


An assessment of sharks and rays at a critical site in Mozambique

Grantee: Marine Action Research (MAR)- Zavora Marine Lab
Workstream: Focusing on the most threatened species
Location: Mozambique
Grant Amount $25,000
Duration: One year

Mozambique is home to many threatened and data deficient species of sharks and rays, several of which inhabit Zavora’s waters. This project focuses on all sharks and rays in the region, with a strong emphasis on the reef manta ray. Over the past decade, Mozambique has had a drastic decline in manta ray sightings. Zavora may be a critical site in which the remaining individuals visit, or have moved to over the years, highlighting the urgency to protect this critical habitat.


Water resource management and the conservation of a globally important largetooth sawfish nurseries

Grantee: Dr Adrian Gleiss, Murdoch University
Workstream: Focusing on the most threatened species
Location: Australia
Grant Amount $ 23,830
Duration: One year

Few nursery areas of the largetooth sawfish remain due to the large-scale loss of healthy inland waterways that serve a critical function for this species. The Fitzroy River, in remote northern Australia is an exception to this trend, it is largely untouched by human activity and as a result is home to a large number of juvenile sawfish. This project will quantify the hydrological conditions required for sawfish survival, in order to promote the sustainable management of the river's waters.


Awakening of public opinion for withdrawal of Japan’s reservation of CITES shark species regulations

Grantee: Japan Wildlife Conservation Society
Workstream: CITES: Supporting new listings and building capacity for full implementation
Location: Japan
Grant Amount $24,800
Duration: One year

At CITES, Japan has entered reservations for all shark species listed on Appendices, meaning that they are not bound by the regulations set out by CITES for the trade in those species. Being one of the key players in the global shark fin trade, Japan’s reservations will be devastating for shark populations. This project will awaken public opinion for conservation of sharks by distributing information on their population status, overseas conservation efforts through CITES news and invited specialists to a symposium.

Strengthening sharks and rays fisheries management regulation and improving catch monitoring

Grantee: Blue World Foundation, Inc.
Workstream: CITES: Supporting new listings and building capacity for full implementation
Location: Guatemala
Grant Amount $ 24,848
Duration: One year

This project seeks to influence public policies relevant to the conservation, protection and sustainable trade of elasmobranchs in Guatemala. We want to establish a Technical Group, which will work with the government to update the National Plan of Action (NPOA) for Chondrichthyes Guatemala. In the long term, they want to help Guatemala comply with other international commitments. This will be possible by continuing their landing monitoring so governmental institutions may have the necessary information to promote sustainable fisheries.


 

Assessing elasmobranch nurseries on a global conservation hotspot for improved management.

Grantee: Dr. Rosangela Lessa, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
Workstream: CITES: Supporting new listings and building capacity for full implementation
Location: Brazil
Grant Amount $24,615
Duration: One year

Brazil’s North Coast (BNC) is a global conservation hotspot for elasmobranchs and is considered a communal nursery for several threatened species. Furthermore, the area is exploited by artisanal fishers that practice illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. This project aims to investigate if the BNC is indeed a communal nursery for elasmobranchs through habitat use analysis using vertebrae microchemistry, and to develop a more comprehensive array of conservation areas for elasmobranchs.