#SaveOurSharks was a successful education campaign run by Blue Marine Foundation and Maldives Resilient Reefs in 2021 in response to the Maldives government considering lifting a decade old ban on shark fisheries and shark exports. The campaign aimed to raise awareness among the Maldivian public and policymakers about the importance of sharks for the Maldives tourism, fisheries and ecosystems.

The Maldives is one of only seventeen shark sanctuaries in the world and provides a safe haven for more than 31 species of shark, 29 of which are globally threatened.

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Sharks are charismatic ecosystem engineers and are crucial for the Maldives marine ecosystem and its local fishing and tourism industries. Sharks maintain ecosystem balance, promote herbivore abundance, help coral reefs to fight climate change and encourage phytoplankton growth by transporting nutrients from the deep to the shallows.

In 2016, shark divers brought over US $65 million to the Maldives local economy. Skipjack tuna fishermen report that healthier sharks populations help their fishery by making it easier for them to locate tuna schools out at sea.

Alex Mustard MAL19 Save Our Sharks

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Success Story

The Maldives government on 20 April 2021 announced that it would not be lifting the ban on Shark fisheries and exports following the wide reach and pressure from the SaveOurSharks campaign. This is a great example of what can be achieved by collectively working together on issues critical to the Maldives.
The work, however, is not done. Illegal shark fisheries continue to be an issue that needs to be tackled at the local level. In 2021 alone, Maldives customs intercepted at least 672 kg of shark fins as they were being exported out of the country in separate incidents in January and August.