ecotourism as an alternative livelihood for shark fishermen

we provide a sustainable and viable alternative livelihood to ex shark fishermen in Lombok, as a means to shark conservation

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

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  • English

Organization name

The Dorsal Effect

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $10k - $50k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 50 - 100

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Indonesia

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Indonesia, Lombok, Tanjung Luar


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

We are providing responsible ecotourism as an alternative and sustainable livelihood to shark fishermen in Lombok as a means of shark conservation as well a local community development, as the fishermen have no other alternatives to shark hunting, and depletion of sharks would cause an imbalance of the oceans.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

By getting the ex shark fishermen to take tourists out snorkelling instead, they do not have to pick up any alien skills that is outside of their comfort zone so instead of being part of of the shark overfishing problem, they now educate the tourists about their local waters and the marine life once can see while snorkelling just off the fish market. They don't have to go too far out to hunt now and get to talk to tourists about the need to snorkel responsibly. We also run school trips where we get the students to interact with the local fishermen and the local schools about marine issues.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

We have got 5 ex shark fishermen who are converted boat captains for ecotours with us, we have brought about 800 tourists on the trip to educate them about the shark hunting issue and about responsible tourism (no feeding and touching of marine life and no use of non reef safe sunscreen) as well as to get them to say no to shark fin soup after the trip and we have worked with 6 schools to get them to learn more about marine conservation through the trips. We hence are working on the supply and demand side of the shark overfishing problem.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Tourists and schools pay to come on the trip with us so we do make profits apart from paying the fishermen, when the numbers of tourists suffice. We have also applied for an won a few small grants to support us with our snorkelling equipment as well as educational materials for the schools by the fish market and rental of transport to take the tourists to the shark market.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

We focus on not just the social but the marine and environmental aspects of the problem as well.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Having been a school teacher before and seeing how school service learning trips tended to focus too much on the social aspect without the balance of the environmental aspects, I saw a possibility to reach out to more schools and get more youths involved in the marine and environmental problems as well.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Ashoka page or contact


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Great work!

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