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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.

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 or send us a message via Facebook or Instagram. We are looking forward to hear from you!

Latest Victories, News & Events

Why beach clean ups are important and how you can join

Our mission: 200 beach clean-ups in the next 5 years!

06 December 2022  We need a healthy ocean for our survival. Our beaches are the bridge between our world and the ocean. We must keep our beaches clean if we hope to keep our oceans clean. We made it our mission to do a minimum of 200 beach clean-ups in the next five years. One of the major benefits of organizing a beach clean-up is that it brings people face-to-face with the reality of plastic pollution. While this is a ...
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Great News for Great Barrier Reef: Highest Coral Cover Displayed in 36 Years!

Great News for Great Barrier Reef: Highest Coral Cover Displayed in 36 Years!

18 Augustus 2022 - Written by Stacey Bondareva  After years of hearing about the environmental crisis facing the Great Barrier Reef, there is finally a spark of hope—scientists have announced that the reef is displaying the highest coral cover in over 36 years. The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It is the world’s largest coral reef system, stretching over 2300 kilometers (1430 miles). Containing an abundance of marine life, the ...
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Cover Sharkie News - Newly Discovered Seagrass Crowned World’s Largest Plant!

Newly Discovered Seagrass Crowned World’s Largest Plant!

1st of June 2022 - written by Stacey Bondareva Researchers have made a fascinating new discovery: a species of seagrass called Poseidon’s ribbon weed (Posidonia australis), which is now considered the largest plant in the world, reaching a whopping 180 kilometers or 112 miles long. A Nice Suprise... The research team at the University of Western Australia and Flinders University recently set out to measure a field of seagrass meadows in Australia’s Shark Bay World Heritage Area. They sampled seagrass ...
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Gili Shark Conservation collaberates with Wageningen University

New Partnership Announcement

29 April 2021 We are at a point where we can change the tide on the oceans. But a healthy ocean requires robust global knowledge of ocean science. We need to work together, connect our actions, and learn from each other. We Can Not Manage What We Can Not Measure We are super excited to share with you that we will start a collaboration with Wageningen University & Research. We are sure that most of you know them but in ...
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Gili Shark Conservation supports their staff to have a career in marine conservation

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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