Sabah Shark Protection Association (SSPA) was formed in 2015 to protect sharks and rays in Sabah, Malaysia through marine reserve creation, policy implementation, and educational awareness campaigns. This grant focuses specifically on improving the legal and regulatory frameworks for shark and ray protections in the region.
This grant aims to work with the Malaysian government to have Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) protected sharks and rays recognized as protected species under a planned Protected Marine Species Act. It also aims to list all shark and ray species listed under CITES that occur in Malaysia to be included in the Malaysian International Trade in Endangered Species Act.
SSPA also seeks to work with the Department of Fisheries to include CITES-listed species as endangered under Malaysian fisheries regulations.