Working with fishing communities and conservation partners along the North Coast of the Java Sea in Indonesia, Een aims to raise awareness and garner support for the conservation of the Critically Endangered rhinoray found in the region.
I have worked in the field of conservation for more than 16 years, campaigning on environmental issues and advocating for the sustainable management of natural resources. I have conducted numerous meetings and negotiations to foster cooperation between various elements of the central government and across its ministries or agencies, and also in local government at provincial, district and city levels. Developing strong relationships between academics at various universities in Indonesia, local and national NGOs, international NGOs, donor agencies, media and communities is also an important part of my career. In 2020-2021 I was special staff for environmental affairs and natural...
Generating mutual awareness and understanding on rhinoray population and its sustainable fisheries management in the North Coast Java Sea.
We are determined to help promote the inclusive partnership for rhinoray conservation and its management, such as acknowledging the rights and responsibilities of all targeted communities and working partners, and tailoring a film production while incorporating the values and importance of rhinoray population into long-term conservation agreement and partnership.
Following our shark landing monitoring since April 2019 in the North Coast of Java, there have been more than 7000 rhinorays caught from the Java Sea and landed in 3 large fishing ports, consisting of four wedgefish and two giant guitarfish species. This finding has given us hope of rhinorays population in some areas within Java Sea waters. So that a proper and sustainable rhinorays fisheries management in the Java Sea should be addressed and implemented to help this population to withstand and even to thrive. We also have confirmed a collaborative agreement with the Central Java Provincial Government to assist the development of wedgefish fisheries management for the Java Sea. Therefore, our project will be a critical stepping stone to advance local supports toward the development and implementation of wedgefish fisheries management for the Java Sea. Next, we have planned to continue expanding our reach where the public in general up to high-level policymakers are able to understand our message toward rhinoray population and its conservation efforts; with lessons learned in three main fishing ports in the North Coast of Java (Tegal Regency, Pati Regency, and Rembang Regency).
After getting more findings and information from each targeted community, academics, and local figures in our areas, we are keen to highlight the inclusive collaboration between local communities, academics, media, and any other socio-cultural groups within. This will be useful as an inspirational conservation model that fosters the awareness and understanding of rhinoray population issues, challenges, and huge potentials to be managed sustainably.
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Aristide created a citizen science platform and mobile app for fishers across Cameroon’s 400 km coastline to record sightings of sharks, rays and marine life. These photos are uploaded to iNaturalist where they are identified and will serve to create Cameroon’s first elasmobranch atlas. Together with his team, Aristide ensures data are being uploaded, visits fish landing sites to assess bycatch and measure sharks, and scours the beaches to check for strandings and sea turtle nests. He collects tissue samples of threatened species in these visits that can give more insights into the diversity, population size and structure of vulnerable sharks.
Ali is collaborating with researchers across North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean to develop support tools for guitarfish conservation. As an advocate, much of her work is completed behind a computer and locked in meetings, but her goal is to help bring awareness to the threatened status of guitarfish in the Mediterranean. The current Director of Conservation for the Shark Trust, Ali represents a large number of regional partners to engage with governments, develop new resources and coordinate guitarfish conservation activities.