We are super proud and excited to announce that in mid-2019 we became official partners with the International Seakeepers Society. Seakeepers are an international society of devoted ocean protectors who are dedicated to supporting genuine marine conservation efforts while working locally to educate and inspire change.
They work vigorously to spread a sense of awareness and encourage commitment to protect, conserve, and restore when possible. We had the honor of winning the International SeaKeepers Society Asia Achievement Award 2019; an award that recognizes an organization in Asia that demonstrates a responsibility toward the health of Asia’s marine environment.
We were overwhelmed to have gained such recognition from this amazing organization and even more surprised when Seakeepers offered us a partnership for our coral restoration project. Understanding that coral reefs are under pressure and need our help urgently we are delighted to have gained the support of a new partner in the marine conservation world.
It is our pleasure to take the next steps forward in critical marine research with the International Seakeepers Society by our side.
Wageningen University & Research
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.
Working together with Wageningen University & Research was on our wish list for a long time. They are rated as one of the world’s top-ranked universities in the fields of life sciences and as a bonus, they are based in The Netherlands (the homeland of the director of Gili Shark Conservation) which makes communicating very easy.
In the summer of 2021, two students of Wageningen University & Research joined our research team for a three-month internship. They investigated the historic conditions of The Gilis, the current threats to the ecosystem, and how we can optimize our current coral restoration program ‘Coral Catch’. We hope to welcome many more students of Wageningen University & Research in the future.
Since it was established in 2007, Reef Check Malaysia has become established as a leader in coral reef conservation in Malaysia. Its activities are organized around four core programs:
1. EcoAction: training survey divers and conducting coral reef surveys at over 200 locations around Malaysia to monitor coral reef health.
2. Management: working with stakeholders to improve the management of coral reefs in Malaysia to secure long term conservation goals.
3. Advocacy: raising awareness of the importance of coral reefs and the valuable ecosystem services they provide.
4. Science: conducting studies on reef resilience and rehabilitation to better understand coral reefs and impacts.
Reef Check Malaysia’s efforts now focus on improving the management of marine resources, with an emphasis on involving local stakeholders in management. In 2019 we officially joined the Reef Check Network and together we are monitoring the reefs around the Gili Islands using the Reef Check method.
Did you know that every participant of the Gili Shark Conservation Project receives the Project Aware Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty Course? A great course that teaches you everything there is to know about sharks and what you can do to protect them.
One of the projects of Project Aware is Adopt A Dive Site. We joined this project in 2017 and adopted one of our favorite dive sites; Meno Slope. Once a week our Research Team does an underwater clean-up dive at Meno Slope and collects important information about underwater debris. Together we work towards implementing sustainable solutions to remove plastic from our oceans and prevent it from entering it in the first place.
We are supporting CoralWatch by sharing information about the health of the corals we sight during our surveys.
CoralWatch is a global database designed by The University of Queensland. It allows citizens scientists across the globe to contribute data that will help to increase our understanding of coral reefs and the impact of climate change and bleaching.
Anyone can get involved with this amazing initiative by simply downloaded the CoralWatch application on their smartphone or device.
You do not need to be a coral expert to provide data. In 2002 CoralWatch designed the Coral Health Chart which standardizes color changes in coral providing an easy way for people to compare the color of the coral they see with those on the chart and share their findings via the CoralWatch app.
It is no secret that our planet and its oceans are dying, that sharks are being killed in record numbers of 11,4126 per hour, and that we are losing the battle against climate change. Crypto Sharks NFT is a collection of 11,416 unique ocean predators that live and swim on the Ethereum blockchain. They are on a mission to enable the conservation of sharks and sea creatures and their marine ecosystems through the metaverse.
Crypto Shark gets even bigger as they want to give all Crypto Shark holders true value and utility. That’s why they will be building the biggest community-owned crypto mining farm powered 100% by renewable energy!
With the regular donations via cryptocurrency of Crypto Sharks NFT we are able to fund our mission to help to create the first recognized shark nursery ground in Indonesia by 2025 and to make a long-lasting impact on the ocean.
eOceans was founded by Dr. Ward-Paige’s. She believes that our ocean can be radically more exciting and valuable if we make faster, more informed, and collaborative decisions, and we couldn’t agree more!
We share our data with Dr. Ward – Paige’s via the eOceans mobile app and platform. We love using her platform as it makes her expertise available to small businesses, explorers, researchers, and conservation projects like ours. We believe that Ocean science needs to keep up with business, society, and ocean change and eOceans is the platform that makes it happen.
The Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany is focused on scientific monitoring of tropical marine ecosystems and tropical coastal environments in a biological, ecological as well as a social-economic context.
We support ZMT with its research on the Gili Islands. The overall aim of their research is to empirically analyze the social-ecological system in the context of scuba dive tourism on the Gili Islands. The Gili Islands have a social system represented by the dive businesses and an ecological system represented by dive sites.
Together we will be researching the connection between the social and ecological systems. The method that they will be using mainly interviews.ZMT is also going to link different dive sites based on their physical, biological, and species similarities. For this project, they will be using the raw data of our conducted fish and benthic surveys and roving surveys.
In 2020 we became partners with Elasmobranch Project Indonesia an incredible new establishment with a mission to drive the protection of sharks and rays in Indonesia.
This citizen’s science-based project aims to raise awareness, gain better protection, and create an understanding of the behavioral patterns and species diversity of elasmobranch across the nation.
The wonderful part is everyone can help Elasmobranch Project Indonesia to achieve its mission by simply sharing your shark and ray sightings with them via their dataset on their website.
Almost 5 years ago, we became part of the world’s largest reef shark survey Global FinPrint embarked by Florida International University. The data was collected from baited remote underwater video stations (BRUVS) that consist of a video camera placed in front of a standard amount of bait.
Our research team dropped 200 BRUVS and spent hours and hours watching and analyzing videos.
“Of the 371 reefs surveyed in 58 countries, sharks were not observed on nearly 20 percent, indicating a widespread decline that has gone undocumented on this scale until now. But there are signs of hope! We now have a clear picture of what must be done.”
Interested in the full report? You can read it here.
For our #PlasticFreeParadise campaign we teamed up with Refill My Bottle, a community of mindful business owners that made a commitment to preserve our eco-system. Together we created a network of water refill stations on the Gili Islands where people can refill their bottle for free or a small fee. By doing this we increase sustainability, have a lasting impact on the environment and keep our islands beautiful. Would you like to know where your closest Refill Station is? Download the app or check the map.
Do you have a business on the Gili Islands and are you interested in becoming a Refill Station? Just send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and we get in touch with you. It’s up too if you want to offer water for free or for a small fee. If you want, we will showcase your business on the map of Refill Stations and we will add you to RefillMyBottle App.
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