NewsMay 30, 2020

Angsana Velavaru Shark Conservation Project Records Over 350 Sharks, 9 Different Species

To date, Banyan Tree Marine Conservation Centre at Angsana Velavaru has recorded more than 350 sharks from 9 different species.

Widespread exploitation of sharks has resulted in substantial declines in shark populations with 30% of shark species globally at risk of extinction. As part of a long-term project, Banyan Tree Marine Conservation Centre at Angsana Velavaru monitors Maldivian shark populations using Baited Remote Underwater Videos. BRUVS are a non-intrusive method for observing underwater life and are commonly used to survey sharks.

Data from the undergoing research will be used to identify important shark habitats and assess the effectiveness of the national shark fishing ban in Maldives. Findings will ensure successful outcomes and ultimately identify social and ecological indicators important for the sustainable management of shark populations.

Perched on an expansive private lagoon in the virtually untouched South Nilandhe Atoll in the Maldives, and just a 40-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport, Angsana Velavaru (the island known as “Turtle Island” in the local Dhivehi language) is surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters and ocean views as far as the eye can see. This luxurious tropical getaway offers 79 private villas, all with beach frontage, and a cluster of 34 InOcean Villas, the first standalone collection of water villas in the Maldives perched one kilometre from the main island.