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 - Phase II
This project will build on Phase 1 of the project in 3 key focal areas:
1) expansion of the project to a second port, Kudat
2) continuation of trials in Sandakan and reinforcement of lessons learnt and,
3) upscaling the project to involve the Federal Department of Fisheries,
so that the lessons learnt can be applied on a more comprehensive basis nationwide. Through demonstration trials, the project will continue to improve the sustainable livelihoods and building the capacity of the local fisherfolk which will enable them to achieve 3 main objectives, being
1) to undertake much more sustainable fishing efforts
2) to reduce the loss of marine biodiversity, especially of the green turtle Chelonia Mydas, listed as endangered on the IUCN list, and
3) to upscale the results and implications of this work to a National level.
The project will continue to demonstrate the impact of commercial trawling on adult and juvenile endangered sea turtle populations off the coast of Borneo, and it will improve on efforts to determine potential impacts on the sustainable livelihoods of the local fisherfolk communities in Sandakan and Kudat.
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Project Snapshot

The Registered Trustees of the Marine Research Foundation
Area Of Work:
Operational Phase:
Phase 4
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 29,857.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 14,792.00
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Planning gef grant
MRF will continue to build on these matching funding initiatives to increase the value of the GEF/SGP grant, and to justify applying in the future for a medium-sized GEF grant from the Malaysia UN office.
Notable Community Participation
Over and above the value of turtles, MRF is also concerned about the livelihoods of the thousands of fishermen who ply their trade in Sabah waters, and developed this project to address both fisher livelihoods and turtle conservation simultaneously. This project is introducing Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs; Figure 1) as a means to more sustainable fishing in Sabah. The current project builds on the results of Phase I in 2007 and 2008 implemented in Sandakan, by expanding the project to Kudat.
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