Monday, 25 April 2016

School of sharks at the Carnaval de Victoria!

If you were at the Carnival in Victoria last Saturday 23rd April then you surely did not miss the school of sharks swimming around, promoting and celebrating the release of the comic book "Shark Fin Soup" , the importance of sharks and giving a positive image to our friends the sharks.

Participating in the "shark float" were schoolchildren from the French school, local fishermen and the project partners including the Fishermen and Boat Owners Association (FBOA) and Green Islands Foundation (GIF). The team marched alongside the float, singing and dancing, wearing their shark hat which they made with the help of their art teacher Mr. Vincent Uzice. The float was built on vehicles made available by local fishermen and design by Allen Camille who was inspired by the characters from the comic book and outputs of the project. The shark float paraded throughout Victoria for all the public to see.

The comic book created by Peter Lalande tells an exciting story and informs readers on the impact of shark finning and the need for a more sustainable use of sharks. Participating in the carnival proved an excellent way to reach out to as many people as possible and a fun way to communicate on the comic book and the project. Members of the public were invited to discover the comic and the exciting adventures of Zak with the sharks through a lottery carried out throughout the parade, where we gave away comic books and shark T-shirts.

This event is part of the ‘Shark fin soup’ project which aims to raise awareness on the importance of sharks in Seychelles through several outreach campaigns and the creation of a children's comic book by local artist Peter Lalande. This project is funded by the European Union and co-implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations through the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) - SmartFish Program. 

Everybody had fun informing the onlookers that sharks keeps our oceans alive and to look out for the new comic book "Shark Fin Soup", which is available on the websites of the IOC and FBOA and will be distributed at various workshops with children and fishermen.

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