REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Save Endangered Sealife From Overfishing in the Congo

Project Cost: $951,470

Funding Raised: $140,725

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70,000 acres of tropical forest are lost every day.

24M+ ACRES SAVED

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Safeguard Vital Marine Species

The Atlantic coastline of the Republic of Congo is a rich marine ecosystem. The Guinea and Benguela Currents converge here, upwelling cold-water nutrients, supporting growth for seaweed and plankton that is a vital food source for fish, marine mammals and birds.

The Loango Bay, a rare rocky area on the Congolese coast is known for its calm waters and diversity of marine life. The Critically Endangered Atlantic Humpback Dolphin calls these waters home, as well as Critically Endangered Hawksbill Turtles, Endangered Green Turtles, Critically Endangered Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks and Angelsharks, in addition to many other types of fish and rays. It is also one of only two documented foraging grounds for sea turtles along the mainland coast of Central Africa, the calm waters of the bay provide sanctuary from strong ocean currents and juvenile turtles are often found here. Header Photo: Endangered Green Turtle, by Kris Mikael Krister/Flickr.

COUNTRY
Republic of Congo

ACRES
165,662

COST PER ACRE
$5.74

SPECIES
Hawksbill Turtle (CR); Atlantic Humpback Dolphin (CR); Angelshark (CR); Scalloped Hammerhead (CR); Green Turtle (EN); Olive Ridley (VU)

(CR)=Critically Endangered, (EN)=Endangered, (VU)=Vulnerable

ACRES PRESERVED BY
Designation

PARTNER
Renatura

CARBON STORAGE
1,090,193 mT*
*(metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents)

Prevent Overfishing

Despite its significance for marine life, the area is under intense pressure from unsustainable commercial fishing, specifically for shark fin, oil exploration and drilling. Overfishing and illegal operations are straining shark and other fish populations, which negatively impacts biodiversity and local food security. Because commercial fishers often operate in zones reserved for local fishers, the local fishers are experiencing reduced catches.

 

Join Our Solution

To increase protection of Congo’s waters, Rainforest Trust and our local partner, Renatura, are working to establish a 165,662-acre Loango Bay Marine Protected Area to safeguard this important area for endangered sea life.

The Loango Bay is already a national priority, and our partner is working closely with the local government, as well as national and international experts to create a plan to stop competing commercial fisheries and help to meet local communities’ subsistence needs. Photos: (Above) Critically Endangered Angelshark, by Luis Miguel Estevez/Shutterstock; (Below) Loango Bay, courtesy of Renatura.

 

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