Elasmobranchs are some of the oldest living creatures on this planet but have survived multiple mass-extinction events. Today, however, critical habitat loss and increased fishing induced mortality have meant that many elasmobranch species are currently experiencing global population declines, and a quarter of known species are threatened with extinction in our lifetime.

One of the leading problems facing conservation biologists is lack of data from remote regions. Indonesia sits in the highest region of the globe for shark and ray biodiversity, however they are one of the world’s leading shark fishing nations and many local populations are near collapse. We aim to collect biodiversity and abundance data on the shark and ray populations of Nusa Penida Marine Protect Area, Komodo National Park, and Raja Ampat. This data can be used to impact local management and monitor the effectiveness of the MPA’s in order to guide effective management.

 

Find out more about our expeditions and how to get involved!

Penida Project

Become a PADI Pro at our headquarters in Bali Diving Academy and intern as a research diver in Nusa Lembongan. Accepting applications all year round for a minimum stay of 2 months.

Continue reading “Penida Project”

Raja Ampat Expedition

Liveaboard and research expedition in Raja Ampat Nation Park.

Departing from Sorong in February 2019.

Join the research team in Raja Ampat in February 2019 as we explore one of the world’s last frontiers. Continue reading “Raja Ampat Expedition”