Location: Tanjung Bira – Southern Sulawesi

Project Highlights: Shark ID, Marine park development, BRUV

Diving Highlight: reef sharks, turtles, incredible coral reefs, occasional hammerhead and thresher sharks

** LAUNCHING OCTOBER 1ST 2019**

Applications are now being accepted

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. This data can be used to impact local management and monitor the effectiveness of the MPA’s in order to guide effective management.

Bira is a small ship building community on the south easter corner of Sulawesi. This remote location has one of Indonesia’s top ranked beaches with incredible untouched diving conditions with crystal clear and warm waters.

This project will host international dive master trainees and conservation interns to take part in various research projects to aid in the creation and monitoring of a national marine park and potential shark sanctuary.

The following projects will be running in Bira:

  1. BRUV – Baited Remote Underwater Video
  2. Roving Survey Dives (predatory and fisheries target species)
  3. Coral Biodiversity Mapping
  4. Marine debris and micro plastic survey with Save The Plastic
  5. Shark & Turtle Photographic Identification