Sea Sense is a Non Government Organisation (NGO) that works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine species including sea turtles, dugongs, whales, dolphins and whale sharks. These species, together with their habitats face a very uncertain future, mostly as a result of human activities in the coastal zone. 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 village and serve as 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.