Building Local Capacity of Bajo Fishermen, Eastern Indonesia for Whale Shark Conservation

Building Local Capacity of Bajo Fishermen, Eastern Indonesia for Whale Shark Conservation

The project contributed to vital information for considering the feasibility of establishing a whale shark ecotourism venture and for developing collaborative conservation and management measures for whale shark populations moving between Australia and Indonesia.

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Recent social and ecological research findings have shown that the migration pathways of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) visiting Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia include the eastern Indonesian and Timor Leste region.

This research project aims to confirm the presence of whale sharks in the Timor-Roti area through engagement of local fishers in the documentation of whale shark visitations. The project will contribute vital information for considering the feasibility of establishing a whale shark ecotourism venture and for developing collaborative conservation and management measures for whale shark populations moving between Australia and Indonesia.

In collaboration with Dr Mark Meekan, AIMS; Sam Pickering, Daniel Dwyer & Hohanna Karam (CDU) and Josepf Ninef (UNDANA).

Stacey, N., Karam, J., Meekan, M. Pickering, S, Ninef, J. (2012). Prospects for whale shark conservation in eastern Indonesia through Bajo traditional ecological knowledge and community-based monitoring. Conservation and Society 10(1): 63-75.

Stacey, N., Karam, J., Dwyer, D., Speed, C. and Meekan, M. 2008. Assessing Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) in eastern Indonesia: A pilot study with fishing communities in Nusa Tenggara Timur. Report prepared for Migratory and Marine Biodiversity Section of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra, 70pp

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