April 3, 2013

Community Outreach Projects

FISH FOR THE FUTURE

Langkawi is considered to be Malaysia’s top tourist destination and is well known by its many natural attractions including the UNESCO Geoparks, its rainforest, mangrove forest, forest on limestone and the fauna that are found here.

Not enough efforts has been done to highlight its marine attractions although there are regular sightings of dolphins, whales and migratory whale sharks. There has also been some stranding of whales and carcasses of dolphins and even Whale sharks washed up on some of the island’s beaches.

There is an urgent need to establish a research facility to gather scientific data and develop the necessary conservation measures that is required to protect these truly amazing creatures. The center will also develop the best practice needed for the tourism potential of whale watching, dolphin watching and whale shark watching.

Unsustainable fishing practices and illegal encroachment by trawlers into inshore fishing zones have resulted in the drastic decline in fish catch leading to a big drop in the income of the local fishermen. Fish for the Future will invite a corporation to adopt a particular fishing community in the hope to address their problems.

AIMS : This is a combined effort between the corporation and the community to address the problem by teaching the local community in the better management of their fishing resources. This will include instructions and field trips and the building of a memorial artificial reef. The reef will be an aggregating device and will be a fishing reef for that community. It will be managed by the local community and they will adopt best practices to insure that the catch is of the right size and age. In addition if they so choose the reef can be used for sport fishing tourism.

BENEFITS: Practice what they have learned in sustainable fisheries. Be directly involved in the tourism industry and increase the income of the community. Finally the reef will provide a source of income for generations to come.

*These program can be modify to your company needs and  requirements*.