Sustainable Shark and Ray Management Regulations and Continued Population Monitoring in Tobago

NEIL COOK, ERIC
Grantee Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC)
Location Trinidad & Tobago
Grant Amount 24,966
Duration One year

North-East Tobago hosts a complex marine ecosystem including healthy coral reef formations, pelagic systems, and islets. The area has been nominated for a 60,000ha MPA, a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere designation and as a National Heritage Site. The local shark fishery is non-target and non-commercial; a local ray fishery does not exist. The main threats are non-local, commercial long-liners. 

Through government and civil society collaboration, the project aims to develop sustainable shark and ray management regulations and to support ongoing shark and ray population monitoring which are required to inform the design and implementation of these regulations.