Partnership is at the core of what Shoal is aiming to achieve. The development and nurturing of meaningful partnerships mean an amplified voice, a sharing of skills and ultimately a more solid foundation for success.

Conservation Optimism’s extensive network can help Shoal fulfil one of its principal objectives: to raise awareness of the need for more and better freshwater conservation action. Awareness-raising is crucial at this relatively early stage of Shoal’s development. As Shoal’s platform builds, it will become easier to fundraise and thus forge new partnerships that can in turn create lasting change for freshwater species and the habitats they depend on.

Shoal embraces the positivity behind Conservation Optimism. For people to feel they can help the biodiversity crisis, they need to be given actionable advice, and the reassurance that they can make a difference. We are keen to share success stories and promote resources that help people get stuck in and participate in solutions.

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@WaterWiseWeb That's a good question - and, of course, a concern. The answer is that, due to fish populations being so drastically low, many (most?) traditional fishers have been struggling for years to catch enough fish to be economically viable. This is a good read👇

"The data .. showed that compared with the total 70 varieties of fish recorded in 2018, Jiangsu registered 81 fish varieties in 2020 along the waterway, an increase of about 15.7 percent, suggesting an improving ecological environment in the waters".

On January 1st 2021, a 10-year fishing ban came into effect on the Yangtze River. The "fish in and people out" movement is already showing signs of ecological restoration, showing how nature can bounce back when given the chance 🐟 🐠 🌏