Shark Conservation Fund
The Shark Conservation Fund (SCF) is a philanthropic collaboration focused on halting the overexploitation of the world’s sharks and rays, reversing declines, restoring populations, and preventing extinctions. Formally launched in 2016, SCF has allocated $4.5M in 27 projects in 28 countries around the world, including but not limited to Liberia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Peru, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Madagascar.
Rebuilding Small Scale Fisheries in Cuba (Environmental Defense Fund)
Cuba is the largest and most populated island in the Caribbean and its marine resources are among the healthiest in the region. But overfishing is a growing concern in Cuba. Fisheries are critical to the island’s economy and food security, and managers often lack the data and expertise to set science-based measures.
EDF recently completed a three-year fisheries management project that strengthened Cuban fisheries institutions, created two new MPAs, and advanced fisheries cooperatives. EDF will conduct a second phase of that work to promote policy changes, increase technical capacity, and strengthen management institutions and political will. Expected policy outcomes include updated fisheries regulations, including catch limits, TURF reserves and sport fishing fees dedicated for conservation.
Reef Fish Conservation in Mexico, Central America, and Colombia (Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense)
Parrotfish and other herbivorous fish feed on algae that compete against corals for space and resources. Very few countries have taken steps to protect herbivorous fish, which are threatened by overfishing.
The project spans across six countries, all with Caribbean and Pacific coasts. AIDA’s project places a strong emphasis on policy and regulations, coupled with a communications and outreach campaign. AIDA is a regional organization of environmental law experts operating in Latin America and the Caribbean. The organization bridges national, regional and international laws to promote conservation and well-being. With significant networks and successes in the region, AIDA is well-positioned to implement this project.