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Effective conservation requires both knowledge and action. Since 2008 Eyes on the Horizon (EOTH) has
focused on community-based conservation, where coastal residents become active participants in
identifying problems and finding solutions. We provide a link between communities, businesses and local
and national government, acting as a central hub of information to assess the scope of problems and
advise on education, science, intervention, or enforcement efforts.
Our goal for the first trimester of 2013 included building up our base of ‘Eyes on the Horizon’. The success
along this measure has been shown in our social networking and email distribution list. The MailChimp
newsletter, of which we have sent 4 monthly reports and 3 special reports, has increased by 10% since
the New Year. Our Facebook page has jumped by 25% to include nearly 1,000 ‘likes’, and an average
reach of 7,000 people weekly. With more Eyes we are able to cover a larger expanse of the Mozambican
coastline and our information is shared with a broader community, not only in Mozambique, but also South
Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Brazil, the US, and across Europe. To address this larger audience EOTH
recently presented at the international Shark and Ray conference in South Africa to discuss the
community-based monitoring of shark and ray catches in artisanal fisheries in Mozambique.
Along with our newsletters we have submitted artisanal catch reports from the previous year to several
interested parties including WWF and MICOA in an attempt to alert the numbers of threatened shark and
ray species that are coming in daily catches. These reports are all from Inhambane province, and we are
actively encouraging more Provinces to participate with reports and findings. As with all reports our aim is
to spread the information broadly, so please use our resources.
Our largest project began at the end of January when a great white shark was caught at Guinjata. EOTH
traveled to the remote fishing village and interviewed the fishermen who had caught the shark, and
together with the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) produced a report about the animal’s demise and
the misunderstood laws surrounding the catch. This report has led to the initiation of several other special
reports jointly created with MMF and EOTH freelance journalist, Lauren Warnell. Amongst others, this has
also included a report about the successful CITES meeting in Bangkok, a future report about the
protection status of the threatened marine species in Mozambique, and potentially a Sustainable Seafood
Guide to be distributed throughout the country.
These future efforts will require support from the EOTH community. During the 2nd trimester we are
looking to obtain a GPS to more accurately locate where unsustainable fishing practices are occurring as
well as actively procure for an assistant advisor for the Association who is well versed within the Marine
environment. In the month of May we will launch our new website and begin to expand our Horizons even
further as we record Mozambique’s marine conservation.
Apex Shark Expeditions held an auction for the benefit of EOTH and raised 10,000 ZAR (US $2,900) for
our organization. We are extremely grateful for this donation, and hope to hold more fundraising events
with other interested supporters. Kablooey Studios has been working on our designing our new website
and Marc Montocchio has very kindly donated a number of exquisite images for our site. LM Radio
continue to be a consistent partner for our advertising campaign and we are especially grateful to both
DHL Express and 2M SAB Miller for their unwavering support as two of our original anchor sponsors,
without whom much of our work would not have been possible.
Please visit our new website where we illustrate the various ways that our EOTH community can support
the organization. Please consider volunteering your time or money in donations or in-kind support to help
protect Mozambique’s precious marine resources.