SL002.1 – Definition of socio-economic drivers of fishing pressure in eastern Sri Lanka – Project description
In April 2019, the Sri Lankan authorities designated a new marine sanctuary off the shores off Pasikudah, eastern Sri Lanka. This designation provides a framework to protect the pristine coral reefs located in this area from both direct and indirect anthropogenic degradation.
The project will focus on determining and mapping fishing effort and techniques in and around this new marine sanctuary in order to define sound and effective management measures together with local stakeholders.
The information produced by this project will help optimise regulation of fishing practices in order to maximise long term yield and economic returns for fishermen while maintaining/improving the diversity and abundance of local species. The data collected will provide key information required for the establishment and improvement of efficient fisheries management measures, which will be put in place through continued collaboration with both the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation and local stakeholders.
The project will also focus on directly engaging with local fishing communities to raise awareness on the importance of sustainable fishing practices in the area and to actively involve them in the management of the new marine sanctuary.
What you will learn
As part of this project, you will acquire skills, knowledge and practical experience in marine ecology and fisheries management. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside local scientists and communities and to learn what marine ecology and fisheries field work truly is about.
As such, you will be engaged in scientific research and monitoring aimed at supporting the implementation and management of a newly established marine sanctuary. You will also be able to learn how to use and maintain field equipment.
Finally, you will also have an opportunity to engage with local communities get personal insight into their perspectives of marine conservation and sustainable development.