Creation of a Platform of Community-based Conservation Advocates for Sharks and Rays in Liberia

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The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) works to preserve marine biodiversity, combat illegal fishing, and ensure sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. In addition to calling for a global shark finning ban, this grant seeks to achieve protections for sharks through the establishment of a National Plan of Action (NPOA) for Liberia, securing in-country legal protections for these species.

Over the course of the grant, EJF will work in local communities to empower a new generation of leaders and build grassroots support for shark protections. This will increase the ability of communities to engage in shark conservation and management. EJF will also work with research scientists, policymakers, and local leaders to develop a draft NPOA to help implement the first-ever regulatory protections for shark species in Liberia.

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