The WCS Mozambique marine programme team is in Zambezia Province developing activities with the institutions of the fisheries sector and the fishing community of Zalala Beach on good fishing practices and specifically shark fishing.
Over the next few days the team will meet with various community groups (women, fishermen, traders) to discuss the situation of the shark fishery with a greater focus on the capture of juvenile sharks.
Naseeba Sidat, Marine Programme Assistant, speaking with the Zalala fishing community
It is hoped that, together with the communities, recommendations for potential solutions will be developed for a more sustainable artisanal fishery, safeguarding the livelihoods of fishing communities and ensuring that shark and ray populations in Zalala remain stable.
This activity falls under the project "Advancing shark and ray conservation in Mozambique", implemented by WCS in partnership with InOM. In addition, the activity fits into the Master's project of Naseeba Sidat, Marine Programme Assistant and Master's Student at the University of California Santa Cruz.