Community and businesses for better knowledge and protection of sharks
The Bay of Bengal Shark Program (BoB Shark) is a partnership based knowledge and advocacy platform launched October 2015. BoB Shark is designed and hosted by Save Our Sea (SOS) to gather and share knowledge on Shark conservation efforts in the Bay of Bengal countries and to facilitate community and private sector led conservation.
Are you a fisher, businessman, community leader, government official, researcher, journalist or student from Bangladesh, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka or Thailand? Are you or your organization is working or interested to protect Shark and Rays? To share your ideas and works, to know more about the initiative, and to contribute in the process, please write to us.
National platforms and initiatives will be based on the specific scenario, challenges, and priorities assessed by related national and local organizations.
Bangladesh’s extensive coastline (710 miles) and over 1,21,000 Sq kilometers Exclusive Economic Zone comprises a diverse shallow and deep estuarine and marine habitats supporting and estimated 30 species of sharks and 38 species of rays.
- Identifying local population of sharks, their habitats and preparing field guides.
- Working with artisanal fishers to reduce bycatch.
- Engaging deep sea fishing businesses to protect threatened shark species.
Though the species record is not verified and strongly supported by any scientific data, their Global status and population trend of these species are alarming hence need urgent research and conservation attention.
This action research program is designed to create a knowledge base, enhancing institutional capacity and mainstreaming the conservation process.
Senior experts from Bangladesh and abroad, local fishing cooperatives, trade bodies of deep-sea fishers are collaborating with conservationists in this voluntary program.
Recent News & Blogs
Sharks and rays are apparently facing the threat of overfishing in Bangladesh, what can possibly be done about it?read more
Global trade of Silky shark, three species of Thresher shark, and nine species of Devil ray will be strictly controlled.read more
To put it simply, CITES CoP 17 offers opportunity for more protection to at least four species of sharks and rays in the Bay of Bengal.read more
To my knowledge and experience, as I have been documenting in the past three years, this scenario of shark fishing is common to most countries in Southeast Asia region.read more
Thailand is one of the top exporters of Shark products, if they can be the shark-protector now, why not Bangladesh?read more