Fish For The Future
Our oceans are an infinite source of wonder. However, the prevalence of unsustainable fishing practices in the seas around Langkawi have negatively impacted the marine biodiversity through habitat destruction. The Fish For The Future programmes seek to address threats and imbalances to marine ecosystems. Integral to these programmes are the recognition that all the different audiences need to benefit – nature, fisheries, fishers and tourism. We are also working with the Department of Fisheries and the state government to gazette the bay as a marine protected area to safeguard the coral reefs of the bay for the future.
In Partnership with
MareCet is dedicated to marine mammal conservation and protection of their habitats through community awareness and education, conservation action, and policy advocacy on a government level.
In addition to our partner activities, we are also assisting MareCet with funding for their flagship initiative, the Langkawi Dolphin Research, on Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins and Indo-Pacific Finless Porpoises. The project investigates the distribution, abundance, ranging patterns, social structure, behaviours and acoustic ecology of these marine mammals, as well as their interactions with humans.
Objectives & Achievements
The programme aims to address threats and imbalances in marine ecosystems, through enabling coral reefs and the marine life they support to thrive. Our initiatives take into account all stakeholders – nature, fishers and tourists. We are also working with the Department of Fisheries to help safeguard our precious coral reefs.
Making A Difference
“Looking at the ocean always gives me peace of mind. Whenever I scuba dive, I forget the world above me and am ready to explore and enjoy the world underwater. However, in recent years, the amount of pollution and the exploitation of marine animals makes me uneasy when thinking about the future of the ocean. With Fish For The Future, we are dedicated to reviving our underwater world through restoring the coral in the bay and making the beach as turtle friendly as it once was. We hope that the results of our work bear fruit not just for today or tomorrow, but for years to come.”
"Cetaceans are some of Langkawi’s lesser known wildlife gems, yet play such an important role in keeping the health balance of the marine environment; serving as sentinels of the sea’s health. Partnering with The Datai Pledge will help us keep our conservation projects going during these tough times. The funds will enable us to keep researching the cetaceans and conduct outreach activities with schools and the local communities for our flagship research project in Langkawi. Additionally, the research trips with guests will help us monitor the dolphins, especially when we are unable to be in the field for a full survey. The Datai Pledge partnership is a wonderful opportunity for MareCet to share its knowledge and conservation passion about marine mammals with guests, and to be able to inspire children to be ocean stewards."
"The Datai Pledge has raised the importance of protecting marine biodiversity amongst the local community. The Artificial Reefs provide a rich habitat to a wealth of marine life and are also a source for sustainable fishing. We hope our combined efforts will continue to benefit the coastal fishermen and create a sustainable ecosystem."
The Four Pillars
Our programme is divided into four pillars,
each supporting the work of a designated NGO and social enterprise partner.