Friday, June 3, 2022

Meet the Benguerra Community & Conservation Ranger Team!

Our Community & Conservation Ranger teams work at the interface between our conservation and marine science initiatives and the local communities at each of our sites. Their duties are varied and include conservation and research project support, community development, engagement, and education initiatives.

On Benguerra Island the team’s time is divided between Oceans Without Borders (OWB) and African Parks – a unique collaboration to sustainably manage marine resources and inform conservation management of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (BANP).

Their activities include monitoring the local fisheries through fish-catch surveys with African Parks and local fishers, as well as supporting OWB monitoring programs such as beach erosion and no-netting zone use surveys. As members of local communities themselves, the rangers (locally referred to as fisheries monitors) play important roles as conservation champions in their communities and share knowledge on best fishing practices with local fishers.

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