Underwater Piraputanga © Michel Roggo

Our Shoal

The Shoal partnership is not just a Shoal by name, or because it focuses on fish, but also by nature. The initiative is founded on the need, but more importantly, the opportunity to work together. Partnership is its core, and our Shoal will ultimately be judged on the sum and the success of its conservation interventions.

To be successful, the Shoal Partnership relies upon its partners to each engage in supporting its objectives in their respective areas of expertise and in the geographies where they operate. It is envisioned that Shoal partners and supporters can contribute towards our shared mission in a variety of ways. Just a few examples include:

  • Funding the partnership’s conservation projects
  • Raising awareness of the threats to freshwater species
  • Capacity building and mentoring
  • Being a local conservation champion contributing to the protection of a threatened freshwater species in your local area
  • Supporting the conservation of a threatened freshwater species ex situ
  • Fundraising for projects supported by the partnership
  • Providing technical or scientific expertise
  • Education about ethnical practices and sustainable use of fish in the commercial trade

Stories of how partners are contributing to the Partnership are promoted and shared among the partners in newsletters, through our social media channels and on the website. The cumulative impact of us all working together can be truly significant. We believe with a group of aligned organisations and individuals and each working towards these objectives we can change the face of freshwater conservation – and crucially, change the fate of freshwater species. To do this, Shoal needs you.

There are three main ways to get involved:

  1. Foundation Partners: These are organisations which provide the foundations upon which the partnership is built. Typically, they provide long-term core funding to Shoal, support fundraising and oversee the work of the secretariat.
  2. Strategic Partners: These are organisations which actively carry out Shoal’s mission contributing, in a coordinated way, towards fulfilling the partnerships core objectives. With an intentionally small secretariat, the Shoal Partnership relies upon its partners to each engage in supporting its objectives in their respective areas of expertise and in the geographies where they operate.
  3. Supporters: These are small organisations or individuals who embrace Shoal’s mission and objectives and contribute towards them. To become a supporter simply sign up to our communications, join our social media pages and begin sharing your work with us, the other members of Shoal and with the general public. You can also donate directly to projects which inspire you through the website.

To get in contact email: info@shoalconservation.org

We look forward to welcoming you to the Shoal.

Why Shoal?

“Freshwater fish all over the world are on the brink of extinction, right now, and I’m not willing to sit by and let that happen. Shoal gives me a way to change the future, and together with others who value our freshwater life, to reverse the trend and save the most threatened freshwater fish.”

Eleanor Adamson, Fisheries Programme Officer, The Fishmongers’ Company

“The initiative presents an unmissable opportunity to secure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of freshwater fish which is of fundamental importance to the many businesses and people across the world whose livelihoods depend on them.”

Dominic Whitmee, Chief Executive Officer, OATA

“Hundreds of millions of people rely on freshwater fish for their food security and livelihoods. Millions more are passionate anglers and acquarists. But undervalued by decision makers, freshwater fish are disappearing at an alarming rate. Shoal will shine a spotlight on these ‘forgotten fish’ and remind the world why we need to do everything we can to protect them – and the world’s rivers, lakes and wetlands.”

Stuart Orr, WWF Freshwater Practice Lead

“Freshwater fish conservation is often invisible, and ignored on the global conservation agenda. Conserving the world’s freshwater fish species requires a pro-active strategy and a combination of approaches from public awareness, to scientific research, and on-ground conservation practice. There is still time to conserve and sustainably manage the earth’s freshwater biodiversity but we should act now.”

Dr. Rajeev Raghavan, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies and IUCN FFSG