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koc university social impact forum: sustainable fishing in sarıyer

İstanbul, Turkeyİstanbul, 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?"

small fisherman can rich to consumers directly
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 seen fishing, they would lose their most o

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 Fish rulers, creation of ''Sea Friendly>>>> Restaurant''>>>> corticated program and ''Vira Bismillah'' Season Opening Festival are>>>> our>>>> main activities. For children, creating a training program specifically focus on the importance of sustainable fishing is our main activity. 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.

ali is a fishermen in sarıyer. He uses a small boat as fishing Wessel. He works all day and ketch only few kilogram of fish. But he couldn't save as much money as he needs with few kilograms of fish. Additionally he has to cope with intermediates so that he can't have enough profit. So he decided to buy a trolling vessel. His friends who had the vessel make much more profit and live more comfortably. While he was thinking how to save money for the vessel, his friend told him about the sustainable fishing project. With that project, he doesn't need intermediates. He can sell his production to consumer directly with the network. Moreover he will have trainings about sustainable fishing and making profit without harming environment.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

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 consciousness 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

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Sarıyer provides about 32% of fish supply of turkey and 41%of Istanbul. With this data we understand that sarıyer is very important for turkey on fishing so positive change in sarıyer would easily affect other regions. Improvement of sustainable fishing in sarıyer will spread to the other regions geographically because of the numerous connections to other important fishing regions such as black sea and Mediterranean Sea. Thus our project will be be known by more people/applied by more organizations. In five years we hope to spread in Marmara Sea.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We plan to create train the trainers program for children and small fishermen. Ones who had the training will have chance to join a training program in which there will be training camp for trainers. If they succeed in program he can be volunteer to apply the training that he had before. Additionally with volunteer trainings we will sustain training programs more easily. Sponsors will also help us to grow the project

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

our tekniques are very harmfull to environment. Shrimp trawling throws 80 to 90 percent of its extra catch overboard in order to get to the shrimp. Sea species are decreased dramatically in last few years. There are many programs to change the condition and save the sea ecosystem such as European Union projects, turmepa, tudav, those and many other organisations give trainings to children and fishermen about importance of seas and sustainable fishing. we want to encourage fishermen who do more sustainable fishing by show the possibility to make profit without harming environment.


cemre agaoglu and erdem yigitoglu (me created this project coolobration with kusif (koç university social impact forum). mehmet kadioglu mainly supports us in teknical issues. he also he worked at editing the project video. as project grows we need probably local representatives, and many diffrent expertise. we will make interviews and feedback sectionss to improve our quality and make sure that our group has mixability