The Madagascar Whale Shark Project is a collaboration between MADA Megafauna (previously called Baleines Ass’eau), Florida International University and the Marine Megafauna Foundation, that saw its inception in 2016.
Our local operating partner in Nosy Be is Les Baleines Rand’eau, and we are based at MADA Megafauna’s office in Madirokely.
Nosy Be waters are critical habitat for the species yet whale sharks are currently unprotected in Madagascar. Through our work we aim to better understand the species population ecology in Nosy Be, while supporting the development of effective protection by identifying the key human threats in NW Madagascar. Community engagement is a key tenet of our work and we are launching an education program this year in Nosy Be. Through the Madagascar Whale Shark Project we also collaborate with international institutions and projects, such as the Ocean Mapping Expedition, l’Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines in Madagascar and the Pelagic Ecology Research Group at the University of St Andrews.
Our work is supported by the Shark Foundation, Aqua-Firma, Waterlust, Marine Megafauna Foundation, the Tropical Conservation Institute, the Batchelor Foundation, the PADI Foundation, IdeaWild, Vocatio, Clear Reef Social Fund, Flying Sharks, Lush Charity Pot Foundation, Cressi, Nosy Saba Island Resort & Spa, les Baleines Rand’eau and MADA Megafauna.