Species Extinction

Project Hiu

Lombok - Indonesia
  • Main problem:
    Extinction of marine species and overfishing
  • Subproblem:
    Fishing industry, illegal fishing, illegal activities on the high seas
  • Consequence:
    Loss of biodiversity
  • Solution:
    Direct Action, protection, raising awareness

Project Hiu

Our trips involve a visit to one of the most sad yet important sights in Indonesia, the shark market.
This is where our employees bring sharks to be sold to buyers who then sell the fins to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the U.S. and elsewhere. This is the biggest shark market in Lombok, and arguably the second largest in Indonesia (the largest is in Cilacap, West Java). The average price a fisherman will make is $50AUD for a big shark, who's fins will be sold for up to $1000AUD/KG.

‘Project Hiu’, Hiu being the Indonesian word for Shark, is an initiative which aims to provide alternative income to fishermen in one of the largest shark fisheries in Indonesia, and the world. By hiring the shark fishing boats and locals that crew them, we sought to engage the fisherman in a very different role. Tourism. A natural, alternative income that simultaneously and effectively protects sharks.

Photo Credtis by: ©projecthiu

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