Madagascar Whale Shark Project

MWSP

Nosy Be, Madagascar

Region Active

Africa

Private foundation

Activity

Marine research, Whale sharks

Description

As a collaborative research and conservation project, MWSP studies and protects whale sharks, while empowering local communities in Nosy Be, Madagascar. The scientific objective is to establish the occurrence, residency and population of the whale sharks in the area. The core elements of MWSPs research include monitoring the presence of whale sharks, as well as conducting in-water behavioural surveys and tourist compliance surveys in the area. MWSP also works closely with the local community by conducting capacity building activities and encouraging sustainable practices. Data is collected via a variety of methods, including free diving. Volunteers assist in this operation.