Building local supports for rhinoray conservation in the Java Sea

  • Rays & Skates
Years funded
  • 2021
  • Active
Project type
  • Conservation
  • Rekam Jejak Alam Nusantara Foundation

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.

Building local supports for rhinoray conservation in the Java Sea

Een Irawan Putra

Project leader
About the project leader

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...

Project details

Building local support for the future of rhinoray conservation and management in the Java sea

Key objective

Generating mutual awareness and understanding on rhinoray population and its sustainable fisheries management in the North Coast Java Sea.

Why is this important

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).

Aims & objectives

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.