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Why Sharks are Vital to our Ecosystem

Why are Sharks vital to our Marine Ecosystems? Without sharks there would be nothing. They are the most essential keystone species to many aquatic ecosystems. Whilst people think that sharks are “dangerous” and “scary” they only attack on average sixteen people per year, with only one in two years leading ...
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My life after the Gili Shark Conservation Project – by Taylor

My life after the Gili Shark Conservation Project - by Taylor Halfway through my marine science degree, I became uninspired by textbook lessons and lectures. I decided to go out into the world to do some “life study”. The first stop on my 20-month sabbatical was the Gili Shark Conservation ...
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What it Means to be a Scientific Scuba Diver

What it Means to be a Scientific Scuba Diver Most likely, the reason you want to  join the Gili Shark Conservation Project is that you care about the marine environment. One of the best parts of our program is that although we are a marine research center, you don’t need ...
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Our Dream for the Generations to Come: A Plastic Free Paradise

Our Dream for the Generations to Come: A Plastic Free Paradise Everyone has a different idea of the word “paradise”,  some imagine a meadow bursting with colorful flowers and the sound of birds chirping in the trees. Some picture a vibrant village full of happy faces and the sound of ...
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My Life After the Gili Shark Conservation Project – by Nico

My life after the Gili Shark Conservation Project – by Nico I joined the Gili Shark Conservation Project on April 2016 when I was 18 years old. Indonesia was my first destination as a Solo traveler. I left my home country of Argentina in search for a life closer to ...
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How we Capture the Change of the Gili Islands

How we Capture the Change of the Gili Islands “I’ve seen changes every time I dive, but I don’t have any photos to compare” and “The reef was so healthy, I wish I had taken more pictures”. These are two of the most common responses we get when we ask ...
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The Mysterious Fish at Han’s Reef

The Mysterious Fish at Han's Reef It started out as a typical Saturday for the Gili Shark Conservation Research Team. We spent the morning diving and then headed to our home base to prepare for the afternoon’s Community Day Event. While collecting materials for our upcycling workshop, we received an ...
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My Life After the Gili Shark Conservation Project – by Addie

My Life After the Gili Shark Conservation Project It’s been one year since I first set foot on the paradise island of Gili Air to become a Shark Warrior with the Gili Shark Conservation Project. I was a 22 year-old solo traveler, fresh out of University, with no real compass ...
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Dive Against Debris, the first and only marine debris survey of its kind

Dive Against Debris, the first and only marine debris survey of its kind Did you know that marine debris can be found 10 years later more than 10.000 km away from its country of origin? And that millions of marine animals each year are trapped, killed or injured because of ...
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An Update about our PlasticFreeParadise Campaign

** Conservation Classes ** We started to give conservation classes on the primary school of Gili Air. Every Saturday at 7.30 AM we make our way to the school and teach 50 children (!) about the wonderful world of conservation. And there is more; together with the children we started ...
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Why I Loved Diving around the Gili Islands

When I first started to plan my trip to join the research team of the Gili Shark Conservation project, I was excited to dive frequently with sharks and learn more about these amazing creatures and the measures needed to conserve them. However, nothing prepared me for the beauty of the ...
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Why Everyone Should Watch the Documentary Chasing Coral

If you know anyone who doesn’t believe that we humans have an effect on the oceans, just tell them to watch Chasing Coral. When this breath taking documentary was released in 2017 we held a premiere showing at 3W dive shop on Gili Air in Indonesia. Divers, dive instructors, and ...
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The Day Were we Found a Dead White Tip Shark

Rose suddenly came to me and said “Andre, do you want a white tip shark?” I was a little bit confused, did the director of the Gili Shark Conservation Project just offered me a shark dish? Luckily the answer was no. It turned out that her friends from Gili Eco ...
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How I Figured out that Studying Marine Biology was the Right Choice for Me.

Before coming to Gili Air, I had never traveled near as far away from home before. I’ve traveled outside of the United States before but always with a large group of people and never for more than a week or two. I guess you could say coming alone to a ...
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How the Gili Shark Conservation Project Gave me Hope

Imagine waking up to mountainous landscapes with the wind gently blowing as your boat cuts through the clearest ocean waters you have ever seen. Imagine doing this everyday with the knowledge that in just a few moments, you’ll be swimming alongside Moorish idols, green sea turtles, schools of snappers and ...
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Our trip to the Tanjung Luar Fish Market in Lombok, Indonesia

Recently the Gili Shark Conservation team went on a trip in Tanjung Luar fish market in East Lombok. An experience we each dreaded but one we knew had to happen so we could have a clearer idea of the war we are fighting in protecting sharks and what we are ...
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