The Shark Fin Bay Marine Association

Improving fisheries management for food security through collaborative social-ecological monitoring

Who are we?

The Shark Fin Bay Marine Association (or SHAMA) is a collaborative project dedicated to i) better understand and measure the fishery resources in the Shark Fin Bay of Palawan, Philippines, ii) document how they contribute to human well-being in particular to food and nutrition security, and iii) propose policy interventions dedicated to secure and improve this contribution.

SHAMA is a collaboration between an NGO, the Sulubaai Environmental Foundation (SEF), the Western Philippines University (WPU) and the Fisherfolk Associations of Barangay Depla, Sandoval and Silanga in Taytay, Palawan.


The first objective of SHAMA is to create a structure for our project: a house in Sandoval, and a team composed of scientists, local and NGO representatives. Second, we are monitoring marine ecosystems, fisheries and food security in collaboration with local fishers. With our partners from Plongeurs du Monde, we are training a group of fishers to become certified scuba divers and conduct ecological monitoring.Third, we are producing a report to synthesize our findings. And fourth, we are proposing options for change where and how it is needed most; not only according to our findings, but based on the ideas of local fishers and policy-makers.

SHAMA Project is funded by Pure Ocean Fund and coordinated by Sulubaai Environmental Foundation