The Tokyo Cement Group
Blue Resources Trust is excited to partner with the Tokyo Cement Group, who are funding our coral reef research and conservation project in Sri Lanka.
Coral reefs across the world are facing growing pressures due to anthropogenic impacts such as climate change and rapid economic development, and this partnership, linking scientific conservation with industry, will aim to improve our understanding of these threatened coral reefs which in turn will enable better management of these invaluable resources.
Global FinPrint is a Paul G. Allen initiative that brings together an international research team to fill a critical information gap about the diminishing numbers of shark and rays. The project launched in summer 2015, conducting surveys of sharks, rays, and other types of marine life on coral reefs using baited remote underwater video (BRUV).
Global FinPrint (via the Australian Institute of Marine Science) are funding the BRUV surveys in Sri Lanka.
Marine Conservation and Action Fund (MCAF)
The New England Aquarium’s (NEAq) Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF), under the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, aims to protect and promote ocean biodiversity through funding of small-scale, time-sensitive, community-based programs. It was founded in 1999 and has funded more than 130 key projects across the world.
The Sri Lanka Mobulid Project received its first grant from MCAF in 2012. Since then MCAF have provided support by raising awareness, helping build up our network, provide numerous opportunities to engage with the public, and also awarding Blue Resources Trust co-founder a MCAF Fellowship in 2017. We are grateful for their continued support and look forward to future collaborations.