Koç University Social Impact Forum

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Koç University Social Impact Forum: Sustainable Fishing in Sariyer

Istanbul, TurkeyIstanbul , Turkey
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We aim to use Marmara Sea’s potential to establish a sustainable fishing model.We believe that people can begin to act and try to change something if and only if they are aware of the problem. Therefore, we focus on a project to raise awareness about sustainable fishing.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

what if small fishermen who make sustainable fishing, can reach consumers dirrectly
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Most of Turkish fishermen don't have any official or professional education about fishing, sustainability and environment. They usually learn fishing from their ancestors. Therefore, they believe that their methods are the best. Like Albert Einstein said, it’s harder to crack their opinions, than atom.Most fishermen strongly believe that, if they give up trawling and sein fishing, they would lose their most of income.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We will reach our goal, by raising the awareness of fishermen, consumers and children about sustainable fishing. For consumers, distribution of brochures, booklets and fishrulers, creation of ‘’Sea Friendly Restaurant’’ certicate program and ‘’Vira Bismillah’’ Season Opening Festival are our main activities. For children, creating a training program spesifically focus on the importance of sustainable fishing is our main acitivity. For fishermen, establishment of community supported fishery model in Sarıyer, opening of ‘’Marine Defenders’’ Portal, making interviews and publishing a documentary our main activities.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Sustainable Fishing Project will make positive changes in local people’s life socially and economically. We aim to increase the awareness of socio-cultural life and the importance of the nature. We can see the big picture of the local culture of the Sarıyer. The changes will effect their daily life or works and increase the consiousness about nature. We will also contribute to social, cultural and political development in Sarıyer. Social impact like a domino when you affect one local people’s social life or consciousness, you start to affect other people. They always interact with each other as individual and the effect will be reached the larger area.