Improving the Sustainable Livelihood of Fishermen and Conservation of Marine Biodiversity Through the Reduction of Sea Turtle By-Catch in Commercial Fisheries in Sabah, Malaysia
The project will improve the sustainable livelihoods and building the capacity of the local fisherfolk communities and enable them
i) to undertake much more sustainable fishing efforts, particularly among the local communities operating out of Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia, and
ii) to reduce the loss of marine biodiversity, especially of the green turtle, Chelonia Mydas, classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List.
The project will demonstrate the impact of commercial trawling on adult and juvenile endangered sea turtle populations off the east coast of Borneo, and it will also determine its potential impacts on marine diversity and on the sustainable livelihoods of local fisherfolk communities, while developing potential mitigation options at the operational and management levels.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee: The Registered Trustees of the Marine Research Foundation
Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 3
Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 7,534.00
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 10,786.00
Project Number: MAL/OP3/2/06/FP-56
Start Date: 11/2006
End Date: 10/2008
Status: Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Fishing trials were conducted to determine the impact of installing TEDs on fishing/shrimp trawlers to collect some baseline data to prove that by adopting sustainable fishing methods to reduce the impact on marine diversity, does not necessary have to affect the livelihoods of the fishing community.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Marine biodiversity is deterioraing at an alarming rate and the endangered green turtle, chelonia mydas on the IUCN red list is no exception. It is hope that with encouraged use of exclusion devices would reduce the number of green turtles caught as by-catch.
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