Whale Shark, by Andrew Marriott

Create a Shark Park and Stop Overfishing in Madagascar

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Project Overview

Overfishing, destructive fishing practices, and unsustainable tourism threaten a rich ecosystem of coral reefs, fish, sharks, cetaceans and sea turtles in the Indian Ocean.

  • Species at Risk

    Hawksbill Turtle (CR), Whale Shark (EN), Blue Whale (EN), Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin (EN), Green Turtle (EN)

  • Carbon stored

    Not calculated*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Wildlife Conservation Society–Madagascar

  • 695,400 Proposed Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: $872,000
Funding Raised: $87,200

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Madagascar
Proposed Acres

695,400

Project Overview

Overfishing, destructive fishing practices, and unsustainable tourism threaten a rich ecosystem of coral reefs, fish, sharks, cetaceans and sea turtles in the Indian Ocean.

  • Species at Risk

    Hawksbill Turtle (CR), Whale Shark (EN), Blue Whale (EN), Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin (EN), Green Turtle (EN)

  • Carbon stored

    Not calculated*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Wildlife Conservation Society–Madagascar

  • 695,400 Proposed Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: £692,063
Funding Raised: £69,206

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Madagascar
Proposed Acres

695,400

Did you know?

39 ft

is the average length of the world's largest fish, the Whale Shark

Tandavandriva Nosy Be is a marine area off the coast of northwestern Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Pristine coral reefs encompass hundreds of species of coral that support at least 309 fish species. Sandy and rocky shorelines and eelgrass beds contribute to the high biodiversity recognized by UNESCO and the high economic value the area holds for local communities.

Overfishing, destructive fishing gear, illegal exploitation, unsustainable tourism practices and pollution threaten the vast web of marine life here.

Rainforest Trust and our partner, Wildlife Conservation Society–Madagascar, will support the government of Madagascar in creating the national Tandavandriva Nosy Be Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering 695,400 acres. The marine area serves as an important breeding and feeding ground for Endangered Whale Shark, Blue Whale and Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin, and is vital habitat for at least 21 additional globally threatened species, including the Critically Endangered Hawksbill Turtle and Endangered Green Turtle.

Explore Nosy Be Island

Whale Shark, by Aaronejbull87
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Whale Shark, by Aaronejbull87

A Green Sea Turtle eats sea grass in the Philippines, by Oksana Golubeva
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Green Turtle, by Oksana Golubeva

Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin, by amanderson2/Wikimedia CC
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Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin, by amanderson2/Wikimedia CC

Hawksbill Sea Turtle, by Rich Carey
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Hawksbill Turtle, by Rich Carey

Whale Shark, by Lewis Burnett
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Whale Shark, by Lewis Burnett

Hawksbill Turtle, by Andrei Armiagov
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Hawksbill Turtle, by Andrei Armiagov

The project landscape, courtesy WCS
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The project landscape, courtesy WCS

Safeguard Habitat for the World’s Largest Fish

Madagascar is a global hotspot for the Whale Shark, named for its length, which averages 39 feet, and weight up to 15 tons. These enormous filter feeders regulate populations of small fish and maintain ecosystem health. Groups of about 500 Whale Sharks have been documented in the waters around Nosy Be, but they are frequently victims of boat collisions. Without the added safety of the MPA designation, the entire coral reef ecosystem is threatened by unsustainable fishing and tourism practices.

When the 695,400-acre Tandavandriva Nosy Be MPA is linked to existing MPAs to the east and west, Whale Sharks and other wide-ranging marine species will benefit from fortified connectivity in the East African region. This project will ensure long-term survival of coral reef ecosystems vital to both migratory and resident marine life.

Strengthen Food Security for Local Communities

Creation of the MPA will improve the livelihoods of 4,700 local fishers and their families as sustainable fishing practices are encouraged and industrial fishing is prohibited. Communities who rely on fishing will be involved in developing regulations and surveillance to ensure they are enforced. Food security in Madagascar, where more than 90% of the population lives below the poverty line, depends on healthy fisheries.

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The project landscape, courtesy WCS

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