The identification of individuals within a population and the collection of reliable information on distribution, habitat use, and life history traits are the basic requirement for behavioral and ecological studies of a species. Therefore, this long-term project is designed to provide valuable information to marine biologists around the world to help create better management strategies and educational outlets on the Gili Islands marine mega fauna.
The most endangered species found in the Gili Islands is the Eretmochelys imbricate (hawksbill turtle) which the IUCN states is “Critically Endangered”, and due to it’s common sightings throughout Indonesia is often neglected and mismanaged. The Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle) is also on the IUCN Red List as “Endangered” yet no strategies are currently in place throughout the region to conserve these creatures.
The Gili Islands boasts a large number of pregnant and juvenile reef sharks, however there is a lack of data geared towards population sizes and locations. Through this project, we hope to change the existing parameters of the Gili Matra Marine Reserve to identify and protect critical habitats from fishing and tourism to protect our marine mega fauna.