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Would you like to stay up to date about our project? Then you came to the right page! We love to share our passion, latest news, publications, special community events and job opportunities with you.

A Positive Voice

As a general rule in the media world, bad news sells. But we are not here to sell, neither are we here to get more likes or the most shares. We are here because we want to publicize and celebrate conservation victories, no matter how small, a little faith can be restored in the public’s view of where the natural world is heading.

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Image by: Amanda Nicholls

We need positive conservation news amidst the tragedy in order to keep ourselves motivated, inspired and determined. Of course, there are always exceptions, and sometimes the negative conservation events cause people to want to help, and these stories must still be publicized. But there is a very fine line between conservation news so distressing that people want to do all that they can to help, and such an influx of negative conservation news that people feel that the scale is simply too large and therefore they cannot help.

It is indeed very difficult to find that balance between reporting and spreading awareness, and disheartening people from acting out against wildlife criminals. But to make a difference, we must make a change. And the time for that change is now.

Share Your News With Us!

Do you have a great (conservation) story that you would like to share with us? You can reach out to us by sending an email to [email protected] or send us a message via Facebook or Instagram. We are looking forward to hear from you!

Latest Victories, News & Events

How to become a PADI DIve instructor in Indonesia

Our Brother Katon Became A Dive Instructor!

4 March 2020 Our brother Katon has been working for our project for over 2 years. He is guiding all our scientific dives and plays an important role in our clean-ups and community days! Yesterday was a very special day for Katon. Yesterday he made his dream came true and became a PADI Dive Instructor!  Rose, the co-founder, and director of the project wrote him a very special letter... Dear Katon You were crazy enough to think you could become ...
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Sharkie News - We found a coral cat shark around the Gili Islands

We Found a Coral Cat Shark!

2nd of November 2019Recently, with our lovely friends at Oceans5 Dive, we found a dead Coral cat shark. While diving around the beautiful Gili Islands, we stumbled across this poor creature. The shark was brought back to land for further inspection, so we could analyze how it ended up in such a state. Our Lead Scientist, Andre, had a close look at the little creature. She had a lot of bruising and marks around her body. After further inspection, Andre ...
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Bali’s New Conservation Area

20th of October 2019Too often we are feeling the doom and gloom of news in the world of conservation, but it’s not all bad news! A local success story, Bali’s Benoa Bay has been declared a conservation area to protect it from reclamation. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister confirmed the decision last week, which has meant a reclamation project in the bay area has ended, This is following years of negative commentary from the public. The decision was made following ...
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Gili Shark Conservation Awards

All About Our Yearly Catch up and Inaugural Gili Shark Conservation Awards Night

5th of October 2019Last weekend we hosted our yearly catch up and inaugural Gili Shark Conservation Awards! The wonderful Sharkie, Sophie, introduced us to the evening, as our bold and courageous MC. And our Lead Scientist, Andre, hosted the event and showcased our work to our lovely community here on the paradise island of Gili Air. Andre told everyone about what we’ve been up to in the past year and all about our plans for the future.  Our project goal ...
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Sharkie News - Catch Up Event

Gili Shark Conservation Yearly Catch up and Inaugural Awards Night

11th of September 2019Save the date for our upcoming yearly catch up event! During this special night we’ll tell you all about what we’ve been up to in the past year and all about our plans for the future. We’ll share the latest insights about our mission to restore the reefs around the Gili Islands and how you can get involved.We’d also like to introduce to you the Gili Shark Conservation Awards. The purpose of the awards is to recognize ...
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Scientists in Florida had a coral breeding breakthrough which could save their ‘Great Barrier Reef’

Scientists in Florida had a coral breeding breakthrough which could save their ‘Great Barrier Reef’

3rd of September 2019 We have some GOOD NEWS for you from the world of coral restoration! For the first time, scientists at the Florida Aquarium have artificially induced reproductive spawning of an endangered Atlantic coral species. This could help turn the tide in the battle to save declining coral reef populations. Scientists tricked the corals to spawn using technology, simulating sunrise, sunset, temperature and moon phases. They are planning to use the technology to breed new colonies of coral to ...
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Teen climate activist sparks awareness by sailing the Atlantic

Teen climate activist sparks awareness by sailing the Atlantic

16th of August 2019There is hope in the world! Climate activist Greta Thunberg has set sail on her voyage from England to the USA for the United Nations climate talks in New York City next month.  Greta Thunberg is a world renowned climate activist. Last year, the 16 year old first triggered a global movement of weekly “student strikes for climate” last year. She skipped classes every Friday to protest outside the Parliament of Sweden. Her strikes were to demand ...
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Sharkie News - The American Pocket Shark

A New Species Of Shark Has Been Discovered!

5th of August 2019 ALERT! A new species of shark has been discovered! This is the best news we’ve heard in a long time. And when you hear more about the species, you’ll know why we are so excited. The American pocket shark is a mere 5.5 inches long, competing for smallest shark in the world against the Dwarf Lantern Shark who is said to fit in the size of your hand. The reason this shark is so fabulous is ...
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Sharkie News: Weekly Conservation Classes for the Kids On Gili Air

We now teach over weekly conservation classes to more than 120 kids!

We’ve got some really exciting news to share with you! We hired two more teachers to teach the children of Gili Air about the magical world of conservation. This means we have now four teachers that visit the school every Saturday and more than 120 kids are part of our Club Harapan program. Isn’t that amazing? 120 kids that learn about the environment and get involved with conservation efforts. 120 kids that will inspire others by their actions. And when ...
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Sharkie News - Gili Shark Conservation Project Partnered With Reef Check Malaysia

We have partnered with Reef Check Malaysia

5th of May 2019 We have great news to share! We have been in contact with Reef Check Malaysia, and last week we decided to start an official partnership. Reef Check is an organization which started in 1996 and is present in 82 countries around the world. Reef Check was established in the USA to raise awareness on the importance of, and threats to, coral reefs. In order to assess the health of the reef, the method Reef Check Monitoring ...
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