Australian Geographic | Madison Stewart’s Project Hiu

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In 2018, a small team lead by shark conservationist Madison Stewart travelled to one of Indonesia’s largest shark fisheries with one intention: to befriend a shark fisherman.

In a world where generations of fisherman have depended on the shark trade for survival, changing attitudes and practices seems a near-impossible task. There is one trade however, that can rival the multi-million dollar shark trade – tourism.

Madison’s team created a short film that depicts the initial journey of Project Hiu (project shark) – to find a shark fisherman among the fleet willing to sacrifice a day of shark fishing in favour of income in the form of tourism. Tourism VS Shark Fishery is a film to prove to the world that one person, and one shark fisherman, can make a difference.