Protecting Endangered Newborn Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Cabo Verde.
Baia de Sal Rei, on the island of Boavisita is a sheltered bay and incredibly rich ecosystem supporting numerous migratory, endangered, and endemic species. The scalloped hammerhead shark is classified as endangered by IUCN and populations are estimated to have been reduced by approximately 83% largely due to fisheries. In Cabo Verde, despite being protected, populations continue to fall due to unsustainable fishing techniques which catch sharks accidentally or intentionally for food. The project will establish long-term standardised monitoring of sharks in the bay, notably of endangered, newborn scalloped hammerheads, ultimately using the data collected to inform the design of a Marine Protected Area, involve local students in education activities and outreach; engage visitors, fishers, local guides and divers in an app to submit sightings; run workshops with tour companies, fishermen & government; install an ‘underwater trail’ to enhance visitor experience; reduce gill net use by 50% by getting fishers involved in data capture and tourism; organise 2 plastic clean ups of beaches on the island