Reversal of Marine Trophic Cascade
About the Implementing organization
Name: Bali Sharks Rescue Center
Year of establishment: 2011
Type of organization: Community enterprise or business
Its one thing to save sharks but at a certain point there needs to be strategic release.
55 sharks have been taken to Gili Trawangan which has resulted in the reefs now re-balancing & growing back filling back up with fish. The once dying reef was full of algae and seaweed with no herbivore fish as the predator fish wiped them out. The reef sharks pushed the predator fish out deeper protecting the reefs allowing the herbivore fish to come back and colonize the reefs. Meanwhile Gili T is now becoming a premiere shark dive in Indonesia allowing more opportunity to hire dive masters, boat drivers, guides etc. Bali Sharks has perfected the rescue, transfer & release protocols.
Oceans / Coasts / Wildlife
Type of Action
Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Invasive species / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Disaster risk reduction / Climate action
Reef restoration conservation.
Possible 1st ever successful model to recreate a once dead reef zone.
Sustainable Development Impacts
Reef ecosystems are important for fisheries, land protection, climate control To be able to regenerate reef systems by adding rescued sharks completes a restoration process.
We started in Bali but usually release sharks into the MPS's of other islands such as the Gilis, Lembongan & Penida.
Yes it can be duplicated.
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