Help a small island community protect its marine life. This specific island is surrounded by critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles, Tiger sharks, (IUCN listed as near threatened), Oceanic Mantas (endangered), Thresher sharks (vulnerable), Scalloped hammerheads (critically endangered), and passing whale sharks (endangered.) Luckily fishing here is extremely small scale (mostly only a small number of fishermen from the island who use 1 hand line.) The largest direct threat to marine life at this particular island is marine debris with abandoned nets drifting in from other countries (which the dive boats and fishermen look out for.) Unfortunately, from the local community, and growing tourism, the impact comes via marine debris because the majority use single-use plastic water bottles DAILY.
Please consider helping by sponsoring a water filtration system for a local family home in this very unique and significant-to-marine-life island.
The goal is to get a water filtration system sponsored for each of the roughly 1000 homes on the island so they can switch to glass bottles and glasses instead of plastic water bottles which will significantly help reduce the amount of plastic going into the surrounding water. This is one part of a greater effort to also help locals to benefit from protecting marine life, to see the value in protecting sharks, sea turtles, manta’s, corals, and more.
A water filtration system is USD $325 and any donation made to this project through the international nonprofit Save The Sea Turtles International is 100% tax-deductible (for the US and some other countries.)
Smaller donations will help towards educational materials for the community and supplies like dive knives and reusable collection bags to help clean the near shore reef where sea turtles, fish, and sharks feed or frequent.
@PelagicDiversFuvahmulah and some other local dive centers are also making efforts to get the local community out diving and your support for them helps to support marine conservation. If you are unable to make a monetary donation but have time you can donate any reshare about this project is also deeply appreciated. The hope that is this project is successful that it can be replicated in other areas and for other conservation threats specific to those areas because sometime assistance with change of infrastructure can make an exponential difference that equates to a monumental positive impact over time. Every effort helps. Thank you.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration in the marine conservation project that benefits you, the local Maldivian community, country, and it’s incredible marine life.
In 2020 a scientific study was published that shows that Maldives marine life suffers from the most amount plastics in its surrounding water than any country in the world.
Why this is bad & hope you can help:
Aside from the fact that plastic pollution is unsightly, the serious thing to be concerned about is the damage caused to fisheries, coral reefs, and marine animals.
Tourism and fishing are the largest economic markets in the Maldives and plastic pollution negatively impacts both.
How you can help:
For as little as $325 USD you can sponsor a water filtration system for a local home so that they no longer need to use plastic water bottles. The positive impact of this will be exponential over time saving millions of water bottles from being used and thrown to the ocean which means potentially millions of lives saved (corals, sea birds, fish, and other marine animals that ultimately humans rely on too.)
This benefits the local community, and greater region, by helping to assist locals with access to clean drinking water while also helping to reduce a majority of the wasteful and harmful plastic that drifts between islands and out to sea.
What you get out of it:
-Public acknowledgment for supporting local communities efforts to transition to become more eco-friendly and for supporting conservation efforts for an important fishing area, and an area unique for critically endangered hawksbill turtles, sharks, oceanic mantas, and more.
-A cleaner, more beautiful ocean/world, fewer chances of plastic negatively impacting fisheries, coral reefs, and marine life.
-Good feelings for helping others both above and below sea level.
-Your name or logo on the website and posted in social media accounts as a water filter, community, and conservation sponsor.
Our hope it that this project will be so successful it can be replicated on many other islands to make an even greater impact, especially on those islands that see most significant to marine life. Having clean filtered water helps to improve the quality and convince of life an even helps to save locals money and the environmental cost of the plastic bottles and shipping boat loads of single-use plastics in.
If you are unable to make a monetary donation but you can donate your time to share this we deeply appreciate it all efforts and levels of help to facilitate positive change.. Thank you.
Improving lives and creating connection to life above and below sea level