To establish a permanent
database for collecting and analyzing the environmental and ecological
parameters of the whale shark population size, movements and habits
in the region, thus providing data to substantiate the decision
making process vis-à-vis
eco-tourism, fisheries, conservation and protection both locally
and regionally. It is hoped that this will increase international
pressure for the CITES to be reviewed in order that the whale shark
be classified as an endangered species. Currently the whale shark
is on Appendix II requiring only that trade be monitored.
To set up a center in order to conduct detailed research on the
whale shark through a system of satellite tagging and tracking,
collecting blood specimens for genetic tracing and close observation/filming
in order to add to the world-wide knowledge base on whale sharks.
To create an awareness among local fisherman by educating them
as to the value of the whale shark alive both to the marine life
ecosystem and to the tourist industry including how they can benefit
personally as guides, whale shark carvings etc with money being
directed back into these local communities.
To educate young Kenyans by offering local schools a fun and informative
programme including showing them a whale shark documentary illustrating
whale shark behaviour, feeding patterns, ages, sexual maturity
etc with the aim of promoting local interest and pride in these
magnificent fish that visit our waters.
To draft a whale shark monitoring/sighting report form and to distribute
this form to all local dive schools and fishing boat operators;
eventually working closely with other whale shark organizations
in order to get a better understanding of whale shark migration
patterns, distribution, feeding habits etc.
To provide an accredited education programme for visitors incorporating
whale shark safaris affording the opportunity to swim, snorkel
and dive with whale shark following approved guidelines.
To arrange sponsorships and funding from different environmental
groups through sales of the trust’s whale shark DVD and “adopt
a whale shark” projects.
To handle the collection of funding/sponsorship in the correct
way, investing the revenue back into the trust.