LAST YEAR, a small team led by shark conservationist Madison
Stewart (AGS’s 2017 Young Conservationist of the Year) travelled to an Indonesian fishery to befriend a shark fisher. Generations of fishers like him have depended on shark (known as hiu in Indonesia) for survival, making it seem near-impossible to change attitudes and practices. But one industry can rival the multi-million-dollar shark trade – tourism. Madison’s team created a short film on the initial journey of Project Hiu to find a fisher willing to sacrifice a day of shark fishing in favour of tourism income. Tourism vs Shark Fishery proves that one person, and one shark fisher, can make a difference.
Madison with carcasses of some of the species she’s working to save.