A marine creature got a spotlight on The Ellen Show. Shark expert Demian Chapman was on set, educating others about the animal. During the segment, host Ellen DeGeneres noted that "The Ellen Fund" raised one million dollars for the "endanger campaign" and a portion of that will go into shark conservation. Chapman then explained on the show how they have been working with fisher folk in Belize to achieve this.

Ellen welcomed world-renowned shark expert Demian Chapman, who explained why we shouldn't be afraid of most sharks, and why their conservation is important to the planet. Demian, who was featured in the documentary "Endangered," which Ellen narrated, also talked about donations from The Ellen Fund's Endangered Campaign that have helped in conservation measures.


Belize's Shark Conservation efforts highlighted on The Ellen Show

Under the Ministry of the Blue Economy and the collaboration of local and international experts, Belize has been making significant efforts to protect marine species. One milestone that became a reality on June 25, 2021, was the establishment of a protected area of 1,500 square miles around Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Glover's Reef, and Turneffe Atoll, where shark fishing is no longer allowed. The country's efforts in shark conservation were discussed by shark expert Dr. Demian Chapman when he was a guest on the popular United States television show, The Ellen Show. Chapman shared details with host Ellen DeGeneres on this important project and how all those involved have worked with the Government of Belize and Belizean fisherfolk to achieve this significant goal.

Host DeGeneres explained there is a campaign to raise funds for this conservation initiative. 'The Ellen Fund' raised $1 million for the 'Endangered Campaign,' of which a portion will go towards shark conservation. Chapman explained how those funds would be used, particularly in Belize. Chapman commended the government for having set aside 1,500 square miles to protect sharks. This project involved the team efforts of researchers, fisherfolk, and Belizean government officials. "We looked at science and came up with these protected areas," said Chapman. According to Chapman, the funding from sources like the Endanger Campaign helped them get fishermen and women on board. "We said, well, you are going to lose the fishing opportunities in these places, so we are going to hire them to tag sharks instead of killing them, and work with us to get the data to feed into conservation in the future," said Chapman. He loved working with the fisherfolk in Belize and getting this project working. DeGeneres was impressed with Chapman's presentation of this shark conservation initiative in Jewel.

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