Sea Sense is a Tanzanian NGO that works closely with coastal communities to conserve and protect endangered marine species including whale sharks, dugongs, sea turtles, and large marine mammals. These species, together with their habitats, face a very uncertain future; their continued survival is implicitly linked with the protection of the wider coastal and marine ecosystem, and the wellbeing of coastal peoples.
Sea Sense has a ‘grass-roots’ approach to conservation, and has recruited and trained a network of over 60 conservation officers who act as ‘ambassadors for conservation in their villages, providing a vital link between Sea Sense and the wider community. Through training, education, and employment Sea Sense is changing attitudes towards conservation. Many coastal communities are participating in marine conservation initiatives, and becoming aware of the need to conserve Tanzania’s rich natural heritage for future generations.