Shark Conservation

why is it important?

Consider this. Sharks have been around for 400 million years and have survived five mass extinction events.  Yet in the last few decades, some shark populations have declined by 71% thanks to overfishing (latest data from 2021) – and some species are teetering on the edge of extinction.

The reality is that in an ocean without sharks, the ocean dies.  If the ocean dies, we die – because the ocean provides all those things which make it possible for us to live on the planet.

In a world without sharks,
the entire ecosystem falls out of balance

Let's talk numbers

(sadness stats)

Our shark conservation Goals


Unlike the majority of the world, we are big shark lovers.  Living in Indonesia, the center of the Coral Triangle, we should be seeing one of the most diverse collections of sharks found in the world on a daily basis.  Yet we don’t. 

For over six years we have been consistently surveying our waters studying the changing shark populations of whitetip- and blacktip reef sharks.  One of our main goals is to assist our local partner, NGO Gili Matra Bersama, with creating the first official shark nursery in Indonesia.

The goals that we’ve set related to shark conservation are:

Research Methods

Photo ID
Roving Survey Dives​
Remote Underwater Video Surveillance (RUV)
Citizen Science Data Collection

Meet the Sharks

Effective marine conservation for threatened species relies heavily on information about that species and its population. Since 2016 we’ve been studying the shark population in the Gili Matra Marine Park. So far we’ve been able to identify more than 45 whitetip and blacktip reef sharks. Below you find some of our favorites.

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