At TRACC, advocacy means providing a voice on behalf of sharks, turtles, coral reefs, whales, dolphins and the marine environment. Educating the public about the ocean is an important component of advocacy. We believe that children and adults who experience the wonder of the ocean and learn about marine wildlife are most likely to speak up in support of marine conservation. We built the Green Connection Aquarium and Science Discovery centre to educate and inspire Sabahans and visitors in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Advocacy also involves action – and the drive and ability to tackle problems that threaten the health of the ocean. TRACC belives in action, we conducted the Sabah Shark Survey, We originated the Global Shark Survey, We have a volunteer diving programme to rebuild a coral reef, we plant corals and we developed action plans to protect sharks. Our smallest project is to protect a small river shark which is severely endangered.
What we do
Whenever possible we work with government officials to create change, wasting their and our time in conflict simply wastes time we could be using for marine conservation. We try to avoid petitions in favour of strong science presented at face to face meetings.