Project Hiu

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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.

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