Activities supported by SHOAL
1. Action planning for Kalimantan and Sumatra, Indonesia
Based on the successful model for planning in Malaysia, actions plans for Kalimantan and Sumatra in Indonesia need to be created. As in Malaysia, this process will bring together experts and partners to agree on the most important species, locations, actions and policies required to secure these fishes from extinction as soon as possible.
2. Supporting fish conservation in the three most immediately critical locations in Peninsular Malaysia (North Selangor peat swamp forests, Tanjung Pondok and Johor)
Three locations were identified as requiring immediate protection, as they hold the last remaining populations of critically endangered endemic fishes, and are under threat of loss without urgent action. The local partners will work with local stakeholders to identify the best methods for protection and long-term sustainability.
3. Surveys of Southeast Pahang peat swamp forest
The Southeast Pahang peat swamp forest is the largest peat swamp forest in Peninsular Malaysia but is relatively unexplored and therefore not well understood. Because this is the largest remaining peat swamp forest, it is both likely to be vital to many species, and possibly the best opportunity to secure a robust representation of this habitat. Surveys are urgently needed to inform immediate conservation action.
4. Detailed assessment of peat swamps for fish conservation in Sabah and Sarawak
Relatively little is known about the conservation status of peat swamps in the Sabah and Sarawak states of Malaysian Borneo. There is no doubt that these peat swamps are of global conservation priority for fish conservation, but there is insufficient data and information to prioritise conservation action. Immediate assessments are required to facilitate action in the near future