Dates / Project duration
January 2019 - December 2022 / 4 years
Development of marine protected areas
The Marine Megafauna Foundation?
Inhambane Province in Mozambique is one of the few places in the world where whale sharks and manta rays can be found all year round. These endangered giants of the oceans gather in this biodiversity ‘hotspot’, attracting international visitors every year. However, the drastic decline in these species (notably a 98% reduction in manta ray sightings) documented by scientific research since 2003 heralds an imminent environmental, social and economic crisis for the region.
Moreover, Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest countries. It is faced with frequent droughts, making artisanal fishing and tourism essential to the economy. These two sectors are under immediate threat from the current destructive fishing practices. The fall in fish stocks is also endangering humans and at-risk marine species.
The overall aim of the project is to develop an action plan that will ensure sustainable livelihoods for local communities while protecting the diversity of this precious region.