Friday, October 4, 2013

Marine Conservation Action Fund supports projects worldwide

Did you know that the Aquarium supports research and conservation projects around the world through its Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF)? This past year, MCAF funded eight projects in seven countries, including an initiative in Chile to collect and recycle discarded fishing nets, protecting countless marine animals from entanglement. Other projects included a study to find and help conserve the last remaining sawfish populations in Mozambique, and, a community-based patrol effort to prevent poaching in a locally-managed marine area in Indonesia. With each of these MCAF projects, listed below, the Aquarium is helping to protect marine species, ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. Look for more details on these MCAF projects in the coming weeks!

2013 MCAF funded projects

1) Acoustic tagging of sharks in the Buck Island Monument, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.
    Grantee: Greg Skomal, PhD, and Bryan DeAngelis, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

2) Leatherback turtle nesting beach monitoring and protection program, Papua, Indonesia.
    Grantee: Ricardo Tapilatu, Bird's Head Leatherback Turtle Program

3) Emergency funding for sea turtle protection program on Pacuare Beach, Costa Rica
    Grantee: Didiher Chacon, WIDECAST

4) Research on the impact of shark fisheries in Peru
    Grantee: Ali Altamirano, ACOREMA

5) Sea ranger community patrol program for locally-managed marine area in Indonesia.
    Grantee: Helen Newman, Sea Sanctuaries Trust

6) Research and conservation of sawfish populations in Mozambique
    Grantee: Ruth Leeney, PhD, Marine Megafauna Foundation

7) Collection and recycling of derelict fishing nets, Chile
    Grantee: Ben Kneppers, New Earth

8) Satellite tagging of manta rays in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
    Grantee: Josh Stewart, Manta Trust

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