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Shark Alliance

Shark Alliance Members

Africa

AfriOceans Conservation Alliance (AOCA)
www.aoca.org.za

AfriOceans Conservation Alliance (AOCA) was founded in 2003. It is a registered non-profit organisation, governed by a highly-respected board of directors, an advisory board, as well as project specific consultants. AOCA is well known for its unique and award-wining campaign work, exciting research projects and education and awareness initiatives, and its role in being prepared to speak out for those who cannot. It has achieved considerable success during a very short space of time and considered leaders of shark conservation in South Africa. It takes pride in its many successes and continues to strive for excellence in all it does and most of all, puts into ACTION that which will result in lasting change.

Eco-Sys Action Foundation
www.ecosysaction.org 

Founded in Hong Kong, the Eco-Sys Action Foundation is also present in Valence (Association Eco-Sys/France) and Nairobi (Eco-Sys Wana Duma Trust/Kenya).

Eco-Sys Action Foundation works closely with communities so that they can understand the benefits of protecting their fauna and flora. By providing communities with clinics, schools and other solutions to improve their livelihood and their economy, Eco-Sys Action helps them work for a better environment and a more viable protection of their wildlife.

Eyes on the Horizon (EOTH)
www.eoth.org 

The work of the Manta and Whale Shark Research Centre, a Shark Alliance member based in Mozambique, expanded into a Mozambican NGO, called Eyes on the Horizon, which works with communities and the government to tackle fisheries issues within the country, and a research foundation (Foundation for the Protection of Marine Megafauna), which deals mostly with threatened marine species conservation.

The Eyes on the Horizon website serves as a reporting platform for individuals and organisations to report suspected illegal fishing and other marine abuses along the Mozambican coastline.

Foundation for the Protection of Marine Megafauna (FPMM)
www.marinemegafauna.org

Foundation for the Protection of Marine Megafauna conducts and facilitates research, conservation and education on the marine life of Mozambique. Current research focuses on sharks and rays, primarily manta rays (Manta birostris) and whale sharks (Rhincodon typus).

MEGAPTERA
www.megaptera.org

MEGAPTERA is a French association dedicated to the observation and protection of marine mammals of the Indian Ocean. It was the discovery of the richness and simultaneously, the lack of knowledge about Cetacean populations in the Indian Ocean that led to MEGAPTERA's foundation around the key aims to seek, educate and work towards their conservation. 

Since its creation, MEGAPTERA has developed a variety of study programmes and worked for the conservation of marine mammals in Mayotte, Madagascar and in the Comoros. To continue its work to safeguard the world heritage of the old giants of the seas dating back 50 million years, MEGAPTERA and its partners invite you support and take part in their projects.

Mike Horn Pangaea Shark Project
www.mikehorn.com / www.pangaea4sharks.com

Mike Horn's Pangaea Project is deeply committed to the exploration and conservation of the marine ecosystem. To this end, the Pangaea Shark Project seeks to conserve and preserve Sharks by Exploring, Learning and Acting. The Pangaea project invites young adults to become ambassadors for our planet, to share its beauty, uniqueness and delicate balance, and to give them the necessary tools to enable actions in the form of projects.

EXPLORE - Pangaea will travel 100'000 kilometer around the globe 2008-2012 exploring the realm of the Sharks, diving with many different species, and exploring human impact on Shark populations.

LEARN and teach - The project will be involved in assisting research and conservation projects along with leading scientists to further current knowledge of Sharks in terms of behaviour, ecology, and biology. The project shares this knowledge with the public through outreach programs and distribution of informative material. Through education, the Pangaea Shark Project will dispel myths surrounding Sharks and Shark bites.

ACT – The Pangaea Shark Project's mission is to promote Shark conservation through awareness, to promote the longterm sustainable use of marine ecosystems through the development of tourism activities to divert from fishing activities, and to support the implementation of protective legislation and adequate management plans. The project will focus on a micro-scale model problems to be implemented into macro-scale solutions.

Noé Conservation
www.noeconservation.org

Noé Conservation’s mission is the protection of biodiversity by means of conservation programmes for threatened species and their natural environment. Noé encourages changes in human behaviour in favour of the environment.

Noé Conservation runs a marine conservation programme in the Archipelago of Bijagos, in Guinea-Bissau (West Africa), home to important populations of elasmobranches. The globally-threatened sawfish, whose populations are over-exploited by fishermen, is the programme’s emblematic species.

Shark Research Institute
www.sharks.org

Shark Research Institute (SRI), a multi-disciplinary 'non-profit' scientific research organization, was created to sponsor and conduct research on sharks and promote their conservation. Founded in 1991 at Princeton, New Jersey, USA, SRI has field offices in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Sharklife
www.sharklife.co.za

As a registered non-profit organisation, Sharklife addresses the alarming exploitation of both shark populations and ocean fisheries in South African waters. They actively engage the urgent need for research and protection of many marine species. Through scientific research, education and awareness-building, Sharklife aims to:

  • Alter public misconceptions about sharks and replace the "Jaws" syndrome with positive understanding.
  • Bring the plight of the worlds oceans to people’s attention and encourage sustainable seafood choices.
  • Develop and facilitate educational ocean experiences for interested parties.

South African Shark Conservancy (SASC)
www.sharkconservancy.org

The South African Shark Conservancy (SASC) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the conservation and sustainable use of elasmobranchs through scientific research and public outreach. 

SASC is dedicated to working with shark fishing industry members to promote sustainable fishing practices, as well as engage industry in active shark research programmes. SASC also works to educate previously disadvantaged individuals in the South African community about the importance of sharks and marine resources in our world's ecosystem.

White Shark Ecoventures
www.white-shark-diving.com

Established in 1992, White Shark Ecoventures became one of the first companies to offer shark viewing/diving tours in the channel at Dyer Island, the largest of a group of islands about 5 miles offshore of Gansbaai, in Western Cape, South Africa, known for its dense population of great white sharks and as a good whale-watching location.

White Shark Ecoventures offers educational diving tours and actively participates in documenting valuable research information on great white sharks, which is forwarded to Marine & Coastal Management Research and various marine biologists worldwide. The company founded the Great White Shark Protection Foundation, a body dedicated to the protection and preservation of the great white shark globally.


Asia

Big Blue Conservation
www.bigblueconservation.com

Big Blue Conservation is a non-profit community of divers in conjunction with Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand, who are dedicated to the preservation of our paradise. As ambassadors to the underwater world, their aim is to educate visitors and residents about local and global conservationissues. Through community focused conservation, marine ecology and conservation training and scientific research, they aim to improve local and global understanding and awareness of the ecological importance of marine resources and the urgent need for their conservation.

Eco-Sys Action Foundation
www.ecosysaction.org 

Founded in Hong Kong, the Eco-Sys Action Foundation is also present in Valence (Association Eco-Sys/France) and Nairobi (Eco-Sys Wana Duma Trust/Kenya).

Eco-Sys Action Foundation works closely with communities so they can understand the benefits of protecting their fauna and flora. By providing communities with clinics, schools and other solutions to improve their livelihood and their economy, Eco-Sys Action helps them work for a better environment and a more viable protection of their wildlife.

Hong Kong Shark Foundation
www.hksharkfoundation.org

The HK Shark Foundation (HKSF) is part of MyOcean, a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to marine conservation. HKSF exists to raise awareness about the unsustainable pressures on shark populations around the world, in particular the pressure brought about by the practice of shark finning.

IndyACT
www.indyact.org 

IndyAct is a global, non-political league of independent environmental, social and cultural activists with the aim to achieve an active, healthy, safe, equitable and beautiful planet by activating, supporting and connecting similar passionate “independent activists” and providing them with the required professional skills and resources to reach that aim. IndyAct operates on all levels (local, regional and global) and uses non-violent direct and indirect actions to create the necessary pressure or inspire the required change.

Japan Wildlife Conservation Society
www.jwcs.org

The Japan Wildlife Conservation Society (JWCS) is a Tokyo-based non-profit organization that was established in 1990 by scientists, lawyers, and conservationists. Its policy is to conserve wildlife by harmonizing the coexistent relationships between human beings and wildlife.

JWCS is the only Japanese environmental NGO that has attended CITES as an observer since 1994. Among its contributions to wildlife conservation include: investigating illegal ivory trade in Japan and revealing the Japanese black market; making numerous policy recommendations to the Japanese government; and raising public awareness of wildlife conservation.

Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme
www.whalesharkresearch.co.uk

The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) exists to facilitate perpetual whale shark research projects and to foster community focused conservation initiatives within the Maldives. The Maldives are unique in the Indian Ocean in that they host a year round population of whale sharks, making the archipelago a superb place to study their biology and behaviour. The better our understanding of whale sharks in the Maldives, the greater protection we can provide for them.

Mike Horn Pangaea Shark Project
www.mikehorn.com / www.pangaea4sharks.com

Mike Horn's Pangaea Project is deeply committed to the exploration and conservation of the marine ecosystem. To this end, the Pangaea Shark Project seeks to conserve and preserve Sharks by Exploring, Learning and Acting. The Pangaea project invites young adults to become ambassadors for our planet, to share its beauty, uniqueness and delicate balance, and to give them the necessary tools to enable actions in the form of projects.

EXPLORE - Pangaea will travel 100'000 kilometer around the globe 2008-2012 exploring the realm of the Sharks, diving with many different species, and exploring human impact on Shark populations.

LEARN and teach - The project will be involved in assisting research and conservation projects along with leading scientists to further current knowledge of Sharks in terms of behaviour, ecology, and biology. The project shares this knowledge with the public through outreach programs and distribution of informative material. Through education, the Pangaea Shark Project will dispel myths surrounding Sharks and Shark bites.

ACT – The Pangaea Shark Project's mission is to promote Shark conservation through awareness, to promote the longterm sustainable use of marine ecosystems through the development of tourism activities to divert from fishing activities, and to support the implementation of protective legislation and adequate management plans. The project will focus on a micro-scale model problems to be implemented into macro-scale solutions.

OMCAR Foundation 
www.omcar.org

A registered, non-governmental, non-profit organization. It is engaged in a multitude of activities for the conservation of coastal and adjacent ecosystems of northern Palk Bay, India. In situ conservation and environmental awareness are among the chief areas of concern for OMCAR Foundation. Its Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Programme strives to promote and enhance the conservation of mangrove and seagrass ecosystems in the region by a participatory approach involving local communities. Through its Environment Education Programmes in coastal schools, OMCAR Foundation aims to strengthen individual and team responsibility among school students in nature conservation.

Pacific Environment
www.pacificenvironment.org 

Pacific Environment protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities and reforming international policies.

PangeaSeed
www.pangeaseed.com

PangeaSeed is a Tokyo-based grassroots organization dedicated to educating and raising international awareness on the plight of sharks.  Through volunteer activism and various mediums including art, music, film, and photography, PangeaSeed aims to create an open dialog with the global community to develop an understanding of the need to preserve and protect sharks and their habitat. PangeaSeed is the first organization in Japan to raise public awareness regarding shark conservation and preservation.

Project AWARE Foundation (International)
www.projectaware.org 

Project AWARE Foundation conserves underwater environments through education, advocacy and action.  

Project AWARE Foundation is the dive industry's leading non-profit environmental organisation. Our offices, located in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland and Japan, combine efforts to protect aquatic resources in 175 countries of the world.

Scubazoo
www.scubazoo.com

Scubazoo is a team of professional underwater cameramen and photographers who have an intense love and appreciation of the marine world. The combination of Scubazoo’s location in SE Asia, the epicenter of the planet’s greatest marine biodiversity, and our extensive underwater experience, scientific knowledge and passion for filming and photographing marine life are the facets that make Scubazoo unique. Our images are used in magazines, publications and broadcast media all over the world to create awareness of the threats the world’s oceans are facing.

Shark Rescue
www.sharkrescue.com

Shark Rescue protects sharks and the oceans from unsustainable human activities, such as shark fishing. Its approach is to use the power of education to cause lasting change. This raises awareness of a serious problem. By sparking discussion so others can learn, we are empowering others to help make themselves heard.

Shark Research Institute
www.sharks.org

Shark Research Institute (SRI), a multi-disciplinary 'non-profit' scientific research organization, was created to sponsor and conduct research on sharks and promote their conservation. Founded in 1991 at Princeton, New Jersey, USA, SRI has field offices in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Thresher Shark Divers
www.malapascua-diving.com
www.facebook.com/malapascua.island

Thresher Shark Divers (TSD) is a British-owned and run PADI 5 Star IDC Center, located at Malapascua Island in the Philippines. TSD spearheads local conservation efforts by arranging non-profit local initiatives that include protection of the resident population of thresher sharks, marine patrols, crown of thorns reduction programs, and local waste disposal. TSD is also involved in the education and re-training of local residents, particularly, local fishermen, to have them earn a living in more eco-friendly ways, especially in the emerging local tourism sector.

Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC)
www.tracc-borneo.org 

The Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC) is a nonprofit conservation organization based in Sabah, on the island of Borneo. TRACC runs conservation, research and diving volunteer programmes. In addition, it also runs a global shark survey and an advocacy campaign to save sharks in Sabah. TRACC wrote the action plan which was instrumental in persuading the state government to protect sharks starting 2012. It is campaigning to change the law in Malaysia and is developing a resort to protect a shark population.


Europe

European Elasmobranch Association 
www.eulasmo.org 

The European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) is a non-profit umbrella organisation for co-ordinating the activities of national European organisations dedicated to the study, management or conservation of chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras). The EEA holds Annual Scientific Meetings, which are attended by international researchers, non-government organisation (NGO) representatives, students and interested members of the public, offering high profile discussion and a presentation forum in the marine science and conservation context.Contact:info[a]eulasmo.org

Friends of the Earth Europe
www.foeeurope.org

Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment; unites more than 30 national organisations with thousands of local groups; and is part of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International.

Humane Society International
www.hsieurope.org

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organizations—backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—On the Web at hsi.org.

Mike Horn Pangaea Shark Project
www.mikehorn.com / www.pangaea4sharks.com

Mike Horn's Pangaea Project is deeply committed to the exploration and conservation of the marine ecosystem. The Pangaea Shark Project seeks to conserve and preserve Sharks by Exploring, Learning and Acting.

EXPLORE - Pangaea explores the realm of Sharks, diving with many different species, and investigating human impact on Shark populations.

LEARN - The project assists research and conservation projects with leading scientists to further current knowledge of Sharks in terms of behaviour, ecology and biology.

ACT – Their mission is to promote Shark conservation through awareness, promote the long-term sustainable use of marine ecosystems through the development of tourism activities to divert from fishing activities and support the implementation of protective legislation and adequate management plans. The project will focus on micro-scale model solutions to be implemented in resolving macro-scale problems.

Project AWARE Foundation (International)
www.projectaware.org

Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time.

Over the past two decades of underwater conservation we’ve learned that divers are true leaders in ocean protection. We’re ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe. We believe together our actions will make a huge impact and will help to rescue the ocean.

Seas At Risk 
www.seas-at-risk.org 

Seas At Risk is a European association of national and international NGOs working to protect and restore the marine environment of the North and Irish Seas and the wider North East Atlantic. Seas At Risk provides a technical and political platform for environment group intervention at international political and legal meetings of government. 

Current campaign efforts focus on affecting international political change on issues such as species and habitat protection, overfishing and fishing-related marine damage, shipping pollution, harmful effects of offshore oil & gas exploration and exploitation and the introduction of hazardous substances into the marine environment.

Sea First Foundation
www.seafirstfoundation.org

Established in 2009 and with branches in Belgium and the Netherlands, Sea First Foundation (SFF) is a non-profit organization with a prime focus on environmental education for children and youth (age of 10-18). With underwater photography, they try to show that the underwater world is beautiful, special and worth preserving. They also explain how healthy oceans are important for all life on land. The life of sharks and the threats they encounter in their life span is one of their main subjects. Other activities include giving lectures, organizing events such as World Oceans Day, campaigns and petitions, and installing a library.

DOSO
www.doso.dk

DOSO is an association of 20 Danish Animal Welfare Organisations covering a membership of more than 130,000. The objective of DOSO is to spread knowledge on existing animal welfare legislation. Further to that, DOSO works on ensuring the appropriate enforcement of the legislation, while at the same time seeking to ensure its improvement. DOSO in this context is represented in ministerial advisory councils and groups and is on the list of organisations participating in public hearings related to animal welfare issues. DOSO's policy papers focus on a wide perspective of welfare issues and covers all animals. In relation to sharks, DOSO works to promote a strong EU ban on finning and for the protection of sharks in the world's oceans.

Suomen luonnonsuojeluliitto (SLL) / Finnish Association for Nature Conservation
www.sll.fi 

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) is the largest non-governmental organization for environmental protection and nature conservation in Finland.

FANC has over 30,000 individual members in about 200 local member associations in 15 county-based district organizations. The Nature League (FANC’s youth organization) operates nationwide and has about 4,500 individual members. 

FANC is a member of Coalition Clean Baltic, the European Environmental Bureau, the World Conservation Union, OCEAN2012, the Climate Action Network, Green Budget Europe, and the Taiga Rescue Network.

AILERONS
www.ailerons.fr

AILERONS, the Association Ichtyologique pour L’Etude la Recherche et l’Observation dans la Nature des Sélaciens, is a French NGO founded in 2006 by marine biologist Nicolas Ziani and diver Stéphane Hamon. AILERONS aims to study shark and ray populations in the French Mediterranean for conservation, participate in the improvement of shark and ray watching and educate people about sharks' ecological importance and the urgent need for their global conservation.

Bloom 
www.bloomassociation.org

Created in 2004 by Claire Nouvian, Bloom is a non-profit association whose mission is to protect the oceans and the deep sea in particular through public education of environmental problems. 

A principal focus of Bloom’s work is to act as an information relay, providing content and updates about recent scientific work. Bloom works with research institutes worldwide to gather and present for public appreciation the most extraordinary images and collections of animals from the deep sea.

Chelonia Polynesia 
www.boraboraturtles.com

Established in 2008, Chelonia Polynesia (in regard to the green sea turtle: Chelonia mydas) is a non-profit organization that aims to protect and conserve endangered marine species, particularly sea turtles, in French Polynesia. The organization sets up and participates in research and study programs on several marine species (turtles, whales, sharks, rays, corals, and fish) with international entities such as universities and the Polynesian Environment and Fishing Ministry. Chelonia Polynesia’s first concern is public awareness and education, especially youngsters, in order to contribute to better knowledge of the marine environment and our impact on the oceans.

Diony Bulles 
www.diony-bulles-plongee.fr

Diony-bulles is an association based in Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean. Their main objective is to sensitize people at an early age to the importance of protecting marine life by introducing aquatic wildlife through scuba diving, giving educational lectures and promoting environmental awareness through audiovisual materials. The association keeps its members informed so as to contribute to ensuring respect for the rules and regulations of marine resources conservation.

Eco-Sys Action Foundation 
www.ecosysaction.org 

Founded in Hong Kong, the Eco-Sys Action Foundation is also present in Valence (Association Eco-Sys/France) and Nairobi (Eco-Sys Wana Duma Trust/Kenya).

Eco-Sys Action Foundation works closely with communities so that they can understand the benefits of protecting their fauna and flora. By providing communities with clinics, schools and other solutions to improve their livelihood and their economy, Eco-Sys Action helps them work for a better environment and a more viable protection of their wildlife.

Fédération Francaise d'Études et de Sports Sous-Marins
www.ffessm.fr

Founded in 1948, FFESSM is the main Scuba diving organisation in France.

Ligue Roc
www.roc.asso.fr

Ligue Roc is a French association dedicated to the protection of nature. Its main aims are to preserve wild fauna, primarily mammals and birds, and to defend the rights and interests of “non-hunters."

Longitude 181 Nature
www.longitude181.com

Longitude 181 Nature aims to protect the marine world and promote a fairer sharing of its resources by diffusing and applying the International Guidelines for a Responsible Diver, which was launched in 2002 and translated into 20 languages. The association has set up the Ambassador Diving Centers network to promote the Guidelines and share its ideas with divers all around the world. Longitude 181 Nature also undertakes actions to fight against shark fin trading, create teaching aids and resources for marine world discovery and knowledge and provide information on key items, such as ocean resources exploitation, macro wastes, sharing freshwater and endangered species.

MEGAPTERA
www.megaptera.org

MEGAPTERA is a French association dedicated to the observation and protection of marine mammals of the Indian Ocean. It was the discovery of the richness, but lack of knowledge about Cetacean populations in the Indian Ocean, that led to MEGAPTERA's foundation around the key aims to seek, educate and work towards their conservation.

MEGAPTERA developed a variety of study programmes and works for the conservation of marine mammals in Mayotte, Madagascar, and in the Comoros.

Noé Conservation
www.noeconservation.org

Noé Conservation’s mission is the protection of biodiversity by means of conservation programmes for threatened species and their natural environment. Noé encourages changes in human behaviour in favour of the environment.

Noé Conservation runs a marine conservation programme in the Archipelago of Bijagos, in Guinea-Bissau (West Africa), home to important populations of elasmobranches. The globally-threatened sawfish, whose populations are over-exploited by fishermen, is the programme’s emblematic species.

Observatoire des Requins de Polynésie
www.requinsdepolynesie.com

The Polynesian Shark Observatory’s goal is to collect all available information on sharks living in Polynesian waters, which represent more than 5 million km2. To do this, the Observatory unites diving centers and instructors on its website, who send their comments on a daily basis on “reef” sharks. For “pelagic” sharks, the Observatory works with a network of local fishermen and is setting up programs to improve scientific knowledge on migration of these sharks.

SOS Grand Blanc
www.sosgrandblanc.com

There is a tendency to be afraid of what we don't know or understand - like the great white shark. SOS Grand Blanc's mission is to educate the public to show that, contrary to popular belief, the great white is not a monster but, on the contrary, is key to ocean ecosystems. SOS Grand Blanc works with the Foundation Rodney FOX in Australia to mark and track large white sharks using satellite transmitters. In France, members of SOS Grand Blanc participate in this tagging programme.

TENDUA Association Pour La Sauvegarde de la Biodiversite
www.tendua.org 

Launched in 2008, TENDUA sponsors several programs in favour of endangered species and against deforestation. TENDUA is convinced that nature has to be protected for what it is and not for what it is worth, nor the economic interest it represents.

At the same time, TENDUA sets its heart on defending the cause of sharks and participates in protecting them and restoring their image in people’s minds.

Blog: www.protection-requins.org

DEEPWAVE 
www.deepwave.org

DEEPWAVE’s mission is to inspire people to preserve the oceans. An increased understanding of the value of the oceans promotes an insight into the urgency for protection. Through education and public work, they encourage people to act responsibly and take action.

Their aim is to show people the role that the oceans play in our survival and what individuals can do to protect them for the future. For it is only by preserving the environment and its resources and using these wisely that the common inheritance of the world’s oceans can be preserved for future generations.

Deutsche Elasmobranchier-Gesellschaft e.V. (DEG)
www.elasmo.de

The D.E.G. (German Elasmobranch Society) brings together a wide variety of individuals of all ages from diverse educational and occupational backgrounds, including marine biologists and other scientists, students, inspired divers and sailors, environmentally-aware anglers and animal and nature lovers. All have one thing in common - a fascination for elasmobranchs and the desire to actively contribute to their protection.D.E.G.'s expertise ranges from marine ecology and fisheries biology to aquarium and husbandry issues, elasmobranch fossils, diving and underwater photography, illustrations and international publications on sharks. Contact: info[a]elasmo.de

Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (DUH)
www.duh.de

The Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (German Environmental Aid), founded in 1975, is a non-profit, private, independent association for the protection of nature, environment and consumers rights. Its major objectives are environmental education to increase ecological awareness and the development of projects in ecologically sensible regions. Other main areas of activity are energy, climate protection, transport and waste policy.

DUH has been highly engaged in marine conservation since the early 1990s and cooperates with a number associations and supports their worldwide marine conservation projects on the spot. DUH is also a member of the OCEAN2012 coalition.

Gesellschaft zum Schutz der Meeressäugetiere (GSM)
www.gsm-ev.de

GSM, the Society for the Conservation of Marine Mammals, is a small German charity working to secure the protection of whales, dolphins, seals and other marine mammals and their habitats. The organisation's main focus is political conservation and education. Founded in 1978, GSM's main work is carried out on a voluntary basis.

Pro Wildlife 
www.prowildlife.de

Pro Wildlife is an independent non-profit organisation, based in Germany and recognised as a charity. They are committed to protecting the world's wildlife from overexploitation, habitat destruction and abuse. 

Pro Wildlife promotes effective conservation measures and exposes the reality of the animal trade and its fatal consequences for biodiversity. They advocate for wildlife in the public, political field and through conservation projects.

Reef Check 
www.reefcheck.de

Reef Check e.V. is the independent German branch of the global Reef Check Network, dedicated to conservation of tropical coral reefs. Reef Check works to create partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other non-profits. 

Reef Check’s goals are to educate the public about the value of reef ecosystems and the current crisis affecting marine life; to create a global network of volunteer teams trained in Reef Check's scientific methods who regularly monitor and report on reef health; to facilitate collaboration that produces ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions; and to stimulate local community action to protect remaining pristine reefs and rehabilitate damaged reefs worldwide.

SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund 
www.save-wildlife.org

SAVE is a nonprofit foundation that specifically promotes global and sustainable nature conservation and biodiversity. The goal of SAVE is to save wildlife and its habitats and to fill people with enthusiasm for the uniqueness of nature.

SAVE campaigns against the extinction of species and destruction of natural habitats. Besides being actively involved in projects, its work focuses strongly on raising awareness for nature conservation and promoting ecological involvement as well as research.

VDST - Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher 
www.vdst.de

The German Sports Diving Association (Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher, VDST) has a membership of 78,000 active sports divers. The association is organized as a network of nearly 1,000 diving clubs in 17 state associations. Apart from anything that has to do with learning how to dive and diving, VDST is involved with its own environment and science department in environmental and species conservation issues.

Archipelagos, Institute of Marine & Environmental Research of the Aegean Sea
www.archipelago.gr

Archipelagos is a Greek non-profit, environmental NGO working towards the conservation of the Aegean. It has been active since 1998 in several parts of the Greek Seas (Ionian Sea, Sporades, Central Aegean, Lybian Sea, Eastern Aegean). The research team works in the field throughout the year for the implementation of scientific research that is essential in the development of conservation programmes.

Tethys Hellenic Association of Recreational Scubadivers
www.scubadive.gr

Tethys is a non-profit association of Recreational Scuba-Divers, committed to raising public awareness on matters concerning marine life, threats and conservation. As direct witnesses of the underwater world we communicate concern for all marine species under threat of extinction including sharks, through educational lectures. We also regularly organize and carry out cleanups of coasts and marine areas.

CTS
www.cts.it

CTS is a non-profit national association for student travel and environmental protection founded in 1974 in Rome and recognized by the Italian Ministry of Environment as a national association for environmental protection in 1992. CTS is involved in the conservation of particularly vulnerable habitats and species, and environmental education for children and adults.

Centro Studi sugli squali - Aquarium Mondo Marino
www.aquariummondomarino.com 

The Aquarium Mondo Marino’s goal is to enjoy the people transferring the sea love and the need for marine world conservation. Important Mediterranean and Indo-Pacific biotopes are reproduced in the Aquaria. As a member of the European Union of Aquarium Curator, Aquarium Mondo Marino follows its code of ethics. It is active in didactical actions directed at all student levels and in both laboratory and field research. The Aquarium hosts the Shark Study Center (Centro Studi Squali), where university students can work towards obtaining a degree concerning sharks. The center hosts an exhibition about shark biology and lectures about sharks are periodically organised. The Great White Shark Study Unit, scientifically coordinated by the Cosenza and Siena University is located at the Center.

Danishark Elasmobranch Research
www.danishark.it

Danishark Elasmobranch Research, founded by Danilo Rezzolla, who is a member of Italian Shark Research Group, is a nonprofit association that carries out research projects on elasmobranch. The association conducts research expeditions, ethological and biological studies on several shark and ray species, theses and internships, monographic courses on cartilaginous fishes and conferences.

Danishark’s current research projects are:

  • Hammerhead Schooling Research: ethological studies on the aggregations of scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) in Sudan
  • Whale Shark PH-id: Photo-identification of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in Djibouti.

Fondazione Cetacea
www.fondazionecetacea.org

Fondazione Cetacea is a non-profit organisation that promotes the study and protection of cetaceans, sharks and sea turtles and works to safeguard the sea and its resources. Since 1988 the foundation has been actively involved in research, conservation and environmental education, in particular regarding the biology of marine vertebrates and the ecology of the Adriatic Sea. 

GRIS
www.sibm.it

Established in 1995, the Group of Italian Researchers on Sharks, rays and chimeras (GRIS) brings together scientists devoted to the study of cartilaginous fish, with the aim of promoting research and conservation of these marine vertebrates. Since 1999, GRIS has formed part of the Italian Society of Marine Biology (SIBM). GRIS is also the Italian member of the European Elasmobranch Association (EEA).

Verdeaqua - ISM 
www.verdeacqua.eu

Since 1994, Verdeacqua and the Institute for Marine Studies (ISM) are involved in several projects linked to the environment, education and ‘edutainment.’ Verdeacqua-ISM furthermore developed various projects to share information on the marine sciences’ culture and sensibilities. This is thanks to the efforts of the staff in organizing courses, fieldworks, conferences and events dedicated both to the Mediterranean and Tropical regions and having primarily Milan, and eventually, all of Italy, as its audience. In its years of existence, Verdeacqua-ISM has also built collaborations with several universities and researchers, both local and international.

Legambiente
http://www.legambiente.it/

Legambiente is an environmental organisation based in Italy.  The organisation works on several issues concerning conservation, marine protected areas, biodiversity, sea pollution and sustainable fishing.

MAREVIVO 
www.marevivo.it

MAREVIVO is an independent, non-profit environmental association concerned with the protection and sustainable utilisation of marine resources. For 20 years, MAREVIVO has developed specific activities in the Mediterranean basin, by studying and deepening key issues such as fisheries, maritime transport, marine pollution and protection, and turning the Mediterranean Sea's resources to better use, as they are the common heritage for everyone living along the Mediterranean coast.

Med Sharks 
www.medsharks.org

MedSharks conducts research on sharks in the Mediterranean Sea and promotes public awareness and conservation of Mediterranean sharks. Its studies are endorsed by the Università di Bologna and by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. MedSharks takes part in international projects such as the US NMFS Apex Predator 'Cooperative Shark Tagging Programme' and the Global Shark Assessment.

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
www.szn.it

The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn of Naples is a governmental research organization controlled by the Ministero dell'Istruzione dell'Università e della Ricerca. The Stazione Zoologica is among the top research institutions in the world in the fields of marine biology and ecology. 

Mission and Research Organization

The Stazione Zoologica is devoted to research in the field of marine biology. The multi-disciplinary approach carried out at the Stazione have become increasingly important over the years, spanning from environmental modeling to field studies carried out on specific population of organisms, from morphological to molecular characterization of phytoplankton, zooplankton, seagrass and other marine organisms, from studies focused on the molecular mechanisms responsible of embryonic development to the thorough analysis of the physiology and behavioral biology of several marine species.

Slow Food Italia
www.slowfood.it

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.

A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. 

Today, Slow Food has over 100,000 members joined in 1,300 convivia (local chapters) worldwide, as well as a network of 2,000 food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods.

Tethys Research Institute
www.tethys.org

Founded in 1986, the Tethys Research Institute is a private non-profit organisation specialised in cetacean research throughout the Mediterranean and Atlantic areas. Tethys aims to protect the Mediterranean biodiversity by promoting the adoption of a precautionary approach for the management of natural resources. Public awareness and conservation activities, coupled with education and capacity building, find their strength in a robust scientific background.

Marine Dimensions 
www.marinedimensions.ie

Marine Dimension’s mission is to enhance understanding, appreciation and knowledge of the marine environment around Ireland and internationally, so that sustainable development of marine resources may be achieved. Founded in 2004 as an independent knowledge-based consultancy, Marine Dimensions provides advice and support to government agencies, non-governmental organisations and firms that have an interest in the aquatic and marine environment.

Greenhouse Malta 
www.greenhouse-malta.blogspot.com

Greenhouse is a voluntary organisation set up by University of Malta students in 2008. The main aims of the group are to achieve a sustainable university campus, to fill in the gaps in environmental education locally and to promote a culture of environmental and social responsibility in Malta. Although small in number, Greenhouse has carried out various educational and hands-on initiatives on campus, participated in local environmental consultations and also taken part in international student exchanges. Greenhouse actively participated in local educational projects such as the EU-funded Care Creates Change and Schools2Communities. Greenhouse is a member of OCEAN2012 and is one of the founding NGOs in the Maltese awareness campaign fish4tomorrow, which aims to increase local consumer awareness on the environmental issues associated with the fisheries industry.

Nature Trust (Malta)
www.naturetrustmalta.org

Nature Trust (Malta) was founded in 1962 as the Natural History Society of Malta. In 1999 on the merger of four NGOs, it became known as the Nature Trust (Malta).

Nature Trust is committed to the conservation of Maltese nature by promoting environmental awareness, managing areas of natural and scientific interest and lobbying for effective environmental legislation.

Sharklab
www.sharklab-malta.org

Founded in August 2008, Sharklab's main objective is the global study of all elasmobranch species, through small locally based research teams. The research includes studies of ecology, frequency, biological and scientific study to help gain a better understanding of these magnificent Apex predators.

Sharkman's World Organization
http://www.sharkmans-world.eu/

Sharkman's World Organization was set up in 2003 with one specific aim... To Save & Protect Sharks. The mission objectives are:

  1. To educate and raise more shark awareness and dispel the monster and man-eater image that humans have about sharks. 
  2. To campaign for shark protection and conservation worldwide.

Coral Reef Care
www.coralreefcare.com 

Coral Reef Care is a Dutch wildlife foundation that conducts activities worldwide with the aim of protecting coral reefs and surrounding forms of life. The Red Sea is a main focus for on-site projects. The coral reef crisis is such that if no action is taken, less than 50 percent of corals will remain intact in 10-30 years.

Groninger Biologen Duikvereniging Calamari
www.gbdcalamari.nl 

Groninger Biologen Duikvereniging Calamari is a student diving club located in Groningen,Netherlands that offers diving instruction for internationally recognized CMAS licenses and is dedicated to marine biology. Their active science committee regularly organizes talks, lectures and theme nights for the general public on various marine life related subjects, with sharks being a regular feature. Many of their members are (marine) biologists studying at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen with a keen interest in contributing to a better world through science and raising public awareness.

Nederlandse Elasmobranchen Vereniging (Dutch Elasmobranch Society)
www.elasmobranch.nl

The Nederlandse Elasmobranchen Vereniging (Dutch Elasmobranch Society) is an organisation formed by Dutch scientist and shark enthusiasts dedicated to the protection of sharks and rays in Dutch waters, and waters fished by Dutch fishermen. Its priorities are to:

  • Stimulate research in elasmobranch in the Netherlands, and publicize research done by Dutch scientists
  • Work towards sustainable management of shark and ray populations 
  • Spread public awareness on the vulnerability and the need to protect cartilagineous fishes 
  • Represent the Netherlands in international fora, for example, as a member of the European Elasmobranch Association

The Protect the Sharks Foundation
www.protect-the-sharks.org

The Protect the Sharks Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Its purpose is to contribute to the protection and preservation of sharks by means of education & information, the production of educational media, an international Shark Photo Exhibition (ISPE) and publications in magazines.

Sea First Foundation 
www.seafirstfoundation.org

Established in 2009 and with branches in Belgium and the Netherlands, Sea First Foundation (SFF) is a non-profit organization with a prime focus on environmental education for children and youth (age of 10-18). With underwater photography, they try to show that the underwater world is beautiful, special and worth preserving. They also explain how healthy oceans are important for all life on land. The life of sharks and the threats they encounter in their life span is one of their main subjects. Other activities include giving lectures, organizing events such as World Oceans Day, campaigns and petitions, and installing a library.

Stichting de Noordzee (North Sea Foundation)
www.noordzee.nl

Stichting de Nordzee is a Dutch environmental NGO that stands up for the North Sea working mainly on offshore wind turbines, shipping and fisheries. In this endeavour they are always searching for alternative solutions and seeking dialogue with decision makers. Their constructive approach enables them to influence the marine environmental policies of public administrators, politicians and user groups (such as fishermen and ship owners). But when necessary, they will take action, whether that be legal, media pressure or public awareness-raising.

EKO-UNIA 
www.eko-unia.org.pl 

Ecological Association EKO-UNIA (ECO-UNION) located in Wroclaw operates on local, national and international levels by promoting and coordinating civil initiatives aimed at implementing the constitutional principle of sustainable development – eco-development.

The main areas of interest of the Association are:

  • protection of biodiversity, especially in rural and marine areas 
  • sustainable fishery development 
  • sustainable development of rural areas 
  • environmental interventions: help for citizens 
  • ecological education 
  • active protection of nature 
  • campaign for protecting the Baltic Sea 
  • consultations with specialists 
  • promotion of renewable energy sources 
  • pro natural and pro environmental activity

Fundacja Nasza Ziemia (Our Earth Foundation) 
www.naszaziemia.pl

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) focused mainly on environmental education. It was founded in 1994 and it has been providing valuable knowledge on  environmental protection to the citizens of Poland ever since.

The Foundation has also been responsible for running and coordinating numerous projects and programmes, all of which have had one common goal – to raise awareness about environmental protection and sustainable development. One of our most prized accomplishments has been the successful promotion and coordination of the “Clean up the World” campaign in Poland.

In 2001, for her invaluable merits and service to the field of ecological education, the Founder of Our Earth Foundation – Mira Stanisławska-Meysztowicz, was awarded the Knight's Cross of Order of Polonia Restituta. Polish children have also awarded her with The Order of the Smile, and in 2005 she received the title ‘Polish Ecology Person of the Year’. 

The professionalism of Our Earth Foundation was been acknowledged with the “Golden Leaf” award granted by the Ministry of Environment (1996), Henry Ford European Conservation Award (1997), and “Pro Publico Bono" for the most deserving public initiatives (2002). In 2006, Our Earth Foundation took the 1st place as the best organization in the field of promoting recycling.

The Panda Trust (Warsaw Zoo)
www.zoo.waw.pl

The Panda Foundation supports the Municipal Zoological Garden in Warsaw, better known as the Warsaw Zoo. The Zoo was established in 1928 and it is situated in the middle of the town. Last year, it opened a great shark exhibition that educated the people about these wonderful animals, their role in sea ecosystems and about the need for their conservation. Education plays a key role in Panda Foundation’s garden activity. Every year the Zoo is visited by over 700,000 people.

ADNG DIVING
www.adngdiving.com 

ADNG DIVING is located on the North of Portugal providing a wide range of services from diving to wildlife watching and off-shore recreational fishing. Their vessels also serve as support vessels for research projects. ADNG DIVING aims to provide public awareness programs as well as educational courses in marine ecology for divers.

APECE (Associação Portuguesa para o Estudo e Conservação de Elasmobrânquios)
www.apece.pt

APECE, the Portuguese Association for the Study and Conservation of Elasmobranches, was created in 1997 and strongly promotes research and conservation initiatives in Portugal. APECE members regularly deliver talks on shark conservation and award multiple scholarships to students focusing on these extraordinary animals. APECE partners with multiple organisations worldwide, many of which are sports fishermen and anglers who catch, tag and release sharks as a normal practice.

Big Game Clube of Portugal
www.biggameclube-portugal.com

Quercus (Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza)
www.quercus.pt

Quercus is an independent non-profit association of citizens across Portugal with a common interest in nature conservation and protecting the environment in the context of sustainable development.

Asociación Nao
www.uam.es/otros/nao

Asociación Nao is a nonprofit student association from Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, focusing on marine biology and scuba diving. Nao brings the marine world closer to people, both inside and outside of the University community, by showing the marine world’s wonders and fragility to help people get to know it better and learn ways to protect it. To achieve this aim, Nao conducts diving courses with diving centers, environmental tours, lectures on marine life and video forums, among other things.

CRAM Foundation
www.cram.org

CRAM, the Foundation for the Conservation and Rescue of Marine Animals, is a private, non-profit organisation dedicated to the recovery of beached and marine animals along the Catalan coast (Northeast of Spain), ecosystems, research and education. It focuses on the main threatened marine species, including sharks and rays and also gathers information on shark sightings, strandings and by-catch captures.

Ecologistas en Acción 
www.ecologistasenaccion.org
 

Ecologistas en Acción is the largest (in geographical distribution) Spanish environmental NGO, born out of the merger of over 300 local groups all over the country, some of them with a history of several decades of fighting for the environment in small towns or in big urban areas. 

Ecologistas en Acción's sailing boat, Diosa Maat, serves as a beacon for marine conservation within Spain and has taken part in campaigns on bluefin tuna overfishing, cetacean and marine turtle protection and conservation of the Mediterranean coasts.

Iberian Biodiversity (IBBIO) Foundation 
www.iberianbiodiversity.com

The IBBIO foundation was created by biologists as a non-profit scientific project to study and conserve the different marine and land ecosystems that are found in the Iberian territory, including the Balearic and Canary Island. Their aim is to promote the science investigation, social education and popularizing as tools to protect and preserve the biodiversity in one of the richest hot spots on earth.

Irukandji Aquatik Films 
www.irukaf.com

The success of any scientific project depends on the capacity to communicate its objectives, action and results. Irukandji Aquatik Films is born out of the necessity to open new doors of communication within the scientific and environmental world. Their objective is to introduce video as a communication tool. Irukandji offers the most specialized audio-visual tools for your project.

Kenna Diving SL
www.kennaecodiving.net
 

From its international diving base in L’Escala, Girona, Spain, in addition to organising sports diving and PADI diving courses, Kenna Diving SL also offers divers the opportunity to take part in marine conservation as an eco-diver volunteer. Kenna Diving operates an ongoing and active marine conservation group, and each year attracts marine scientists from across Europe to assist in its projects.

Oceania Diving World (Mundoceania)
www.mundoceania.com
 

Based in Madrid, Oceania offers PADI diving instruction courses. It also publishes an informative online publication, Oceanews, which is designed by and for divers highlighting the most interesting news and articles about the exciting underwater world.

Oceánidas
www.oceanidas.org

Based in Sevilla, Spain, this association was created to study marine life and practice conservation through advocacy, education and action. Oceánidas is made up of marine biologists and other scientists, inspired divers and sailors, environment journalists, educators and animal and nature lovers. Their mission is to inspire people to preserve the seas and oceans. Oceánidas also works with handicapped divers.

Ondine Escape
www.ondineescape.com

Ondine Escape is a recreation company based in Mallorca, Spain providing sea and mountain-based activities (including hiking, canyoning and rock-climbing) and also SCUBA services on board private and chartered vessels, as well as, specializing in PADI courses. Ondine Escape holds education and conservation extremely highly and has created a PADI distinctive specialty called "Shark Discovery". Ondine Escape has produced a short conservation film based on sharks called "Behind Blue Glass" and is also working with local authorities and scientists to create new shark and ray conservation projects.

Palma Aquarium
www.palmaaquarium.com

Palma Aquarium works actively to preserve, protect and conserve marine species and their natural habitats. The solid philosophy of spreading information through awareness campaigns, conservation projects, breeding programs and public education are the tools Palma Aquarium uses to support the seas’ and the oceans’ integrity. Palma Aquarium respects the natural environment and a continuous effort in fighting for a necessary ecological world balance is one of the organization’s main priorities.

SUBMON
www.submon.org

SUBMON is a non-profit organization that works at a local, national and international level in any activity related to research and/or conservation of the environment as a tool for raising awareness and education of the natural environment.  

The SUBMON team is made up of biologists, veterinarians, engineers, naturalists and education professionals, who use their scientific and technical training to communicate to the general public the importance caring for the environment.

VIVAMAR
www.vivamar.org

Established June 2002, VIVAMAR is a small, non-profit and research oriented organisation working for the sustainable management of marine resources. Its main goal is the conservation and protection of the last remaining marine mammals in the Slovenian Sea and North Adriatic, bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).

Swedish Elasmobranch Society 
www.hajar.nu   

Founded in 2005 in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Swedish Elasmobranch Society (SES) is working to strengthen conservation and fisheries management for elasmobranchs and their habitats in Baltic States and within the EU. SES, a member of the European Elasmobranch Association,  works with other NGOs to increase public awareness and maintain pressure for sustainable shark fisheries and maintain a dialogue with the Swedish government on shark fisheries management issues for spurdog and porbeagle.

OceanCare
www.oceancare.org 

OceanCare is a Swiss non-profit organisation. It was founded in 1989 and has a strong commitment to realistic and cooperative initiatives. The association works at national and international level in the areas of marine pollution, environmental changes, fisheries, whaling, sealing, captivity of marine mammals and public education.

OceanCare has the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is an official partner of the UNEP/CMS Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contigous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS).

Shark Foundation
www.shark.ch

The Shark Foundation's purpose is to contribute to the protection and preservation of sharks and their natural habitats.  With this aim, the Shark Foundation supports scientific work domestically in Switzerland and abroad, both financially and in an advisory function. Through public relations activities such as organising and carrying out courses, lectures, touring exhibits, and a presence in the mass media, the Shark Foundation aims to inform the public of the threat to many shark species and their habitats. The Foundation also cooperates with similar institutions and official authorities, in relation to its objectives.

Blue Ventures Conservation 
www.blueventures.org  

Blue Ventures Conservation is a UK non-profit organisation, dedicated to facilitating marine conservation and research. Its team comprises international and local scientists, educators, coastal managers and volunteers, who work in close partnership with local communities and institutions to carry out a wide range of projects that encompass capacity building, environmental education, ecological and socio-economic research, and the establishment of community-run Marine Protected Areas. Blue Ventures initiated its shark research and conservation programme in southwest Madagascar in 2006. It includes a novel monitoring programme that trains community data collectors to record shark landings in their villages using digital cameras.

Fish4Divers
www.fish4divers.com 

The ultimate goal of fish4divers.com is to create a real time community where people can chat, have fun, get instant advice and share information and knowledge. A combination of all the personalities of its members, the fish4divers’ website shows what they want to talk about, see or review.

Ocean Diver Dive Club
www.oceandiver.co.uk

Ocean Diver is a club for divers of all levels, organising diving trips both at home, in the UK, and abroad, as well as social events out of the water for members and non-members alike. Its goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all to be able to relax and have fun diving, while at the same time promoting education, environmental awareness and entertainment.

Shark Conservation Society UK 
www.sharkconsoc.com

The Shark Conservation Society seeks to further conservation through research expeditions and campaigns based on fact and practical experience and to promote best practice when interaction with sharks is necessary. 

The Shark Conservation Society was formed in 2008, from the earlier Richard Pierce Shark Conservation (RPSC), formerly The Richard Pierce Shark Conservation Fund.

The Shark Trust 
www.sharktrust.org

The Shark Trust promotes the study, management and conservation of sharks, skates and rays. The Shark Trust is the UK member of the European Elasmobranch Association and collaborates with other national member bodies to achieve their aims in British, European and international waters. 

The Trust aims to join forces with other groups concerned with shark, skate and ray conservation issues. These include commercial fisherman, recreational sea anglers, divers, yachtsmen, and all those who want to ensure the future survival of these fascinating but threatened animals.

UK Shark Tagging Programme
www.ukshark.co.uk

The UK Tagging Programme was the first “angler driven” programme of its type in the UK and is designed to tag the majority of the shark species found within the UK coastal waters.


International

Conservation International
www.conservation.org

Clean Air. Fresh Water. Abundant Resources. These are the foundations of communities around the world, the irreplaceable gifts of a healthy natural world. Conservation International is applying smart solutions to protect them.

Humane Society International
www.hsi.org

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organizations—backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—On the Web at hsi.org.

IndyACT
www.indyact.org 

IndyAct is a global, non-political league of independent environmental, social and cultural activists with the aim to achieve an active, healthy, safe, equitable and beautiful planet by activating, supporting and connecting similar passionate “independent activists” and providing them with the required professional skills and resources to reach that aim. IndyAct operates on all levels (local, regional and global) and uses non-violent direct and indirect actions to create the necessary pressure or inspire the required change.

Mike Horn Pangaea Shark Project
www.mikehorn.com / www.pangaea4sharks.com

Mike Horn's Pangaea Project is deeply committed to the exploration and conservation of the marine ecosystem. To this end, the Pangaea Shark Project seeks to conserve and preserve Sharks by Exploring, Learning and Acting. The Pangaea project invites young adults to become ambassadors for our planet, to share its beauty, uniqueness and delicate balance, and to give them the necessary tools to enable actions in the form of projects.

EXPLORE - Pangaea will travel 100'000 kilometer around the globe 2008-2012 exploring the realm of the Sharks, diving with many different species, and exploring human impact on Shark populations.

LEARN and teach - The project will be involved in assisting research and conservation projects along with leading scientists to further current knowledge of Sharks in terms of behaviour, ecology, and biology. The project shares this knowledge with the public through outreach programs and distribution of informative material. Through education, the Pangaea Shark Project will dispel myths surrounding Sharks and Shark bites.

ACT – The Pangaea Shark Project's mission is to promote Shark conservation through awareness, to promote the longterm sustainable use of marine ecosystems through the development of tourism activities to divert from fishing activities, and to support the implementation of protective legislation and adequate management plans. The project will focus on a micro-scale model problems to be implemented into macro-scale solutions.

Project AWARE Foundation (International)
www.projectaware.org 

Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time.

Over the past two decades of underwater conservation we’ve learned that divers are true leaders in ocean protection. We’re ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe. We believe together our actions will make a huge impact and will help to rescue the ocean.

Save Our Seas Foundation
www.saveourseas.com

Save Our Seas Foundation is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Its purpose is to implement and support diverse programmes centred around the protection of the Earth's marine environment.

The following four principles are at the heart of the Foundation’s mission in providing inspiration for the urgent preservation of the planet's marine heritage: conservation, awareness, research and education.

Shark Research Institute
www.sharks.org

Shark Research Institute (SRI), a multi-disciplinary 'non-profit' scientific research organization, was created to sponsor and conduct research on sharks and promote their conservation. Founded in 1991 at Princeton, New Jersey, USA, SRI has field offices in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Shark Savers
www.sharksavers.org

Shark Savers is dedicated to turning the tide for sharks. They focus on curbing the demand for shark fin soup, creating safe havens for sharks, growing local advocacy, educating the public on the issues and serving as the desperately needed voice for sharks. Shark Savers brings shark conservation to the masses in many compelling forms, motivating people to take action in their home, their local businesses and throughout shark hot spots all over the world.

Slow Food International
www.slowfood.com

Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

Pew Environment Group
www.pewenvironment.org

The Pew Environment Group, the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, strives to advance scientific understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to environmental problems, to design innovative policy solutions to these problems, and to mobilise public support for implementing these solutions. We are focused on reducing the scope and severity of the destruction of the world’s oceans, with a particular emphasis on global marine fisheries. The objective of the Pew Environment Group’s European Marine Programme is to support the European Union in ending global overfishing and reducing destruction of the world´s oceans. The Shark Alliance was initiated, and is co-ordinated, by the Pew Environment Group.

WildAid
www.wildaid.org

A non-profit organisation, WildAid is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in the UK, Canada, China, India, Ecuador and Indonesia.  

WildAid's mission is to end the illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection.


Latin America & Caribbean

AIDA (Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente)
www.aida-americas.org

AIDA, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense was founded in 1996 on the conviction that a coalition of non-profit legal organizations in the Americas would greatly strengthen the capacity to respond to the grave environmental threat posed by unrestrained economic activity and natural resource extraction.

AIDA's mission is to empower citizens to protect human health and the environment by developing and enforcing national and international environmental laws and mechanisms for citizen participation.

Biota Aquatica 
biotaaquatica.wordpress.com

Centro de Estudos do Mar Onda Azul 
www.ondaazul.com.br

Onda Azul Marine Study Center is where divers, researchers, activists and defenders of the seas and oceans of the world meet. SSI diving courses, lectures, workshops and qualifications are available to all. Onda Azul is also the home of Divers for Sharks.

Iemanya Oceanica
www.iemanya.org

Iemanya Oceanica is dedicated to the conservation of sharks, rays and their habitats through research, environmental education and the promotion of sustainable management policies. Iemanya currently conducts programs and conservation efforts in Southern California, USA, Mexico and Latin America.

Iemanya's US-based Adoptashark program provides support to shark movement and tracking research while educating the public about the conservation needs of sharks. Iemanya's innovative program in Mexico targets elasmobranch fishing communities in the Gulf of California and the Pacific Coast of Baja. The program's goal is to foster a conservation ethic in the fishing communities that will move them towards a sustainable shark fishery.

Instituto Justiça Ambiental (IJA) 
www.ija.org.br

Instituto Justica Ambiental (Environmental Justice Institute) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization of lawyers, prosecuting attorneys, teachers, doctors and experts in environmental law, as well as teachers, doctors and technicians in veterinary medicine, zoology, ecology and biology. Its founders and staff have national and international reputation in the area of environmental law and environment. IJA is committed to protecting the environment. IJA uses environmental law as a strategy to pressure environmental agencies and government to promote sustainable, modern and intelligent alternatives to natural resource exploitation, combining a vision of respect for all living species.

MarViva
www.marviva.net  

MarViva is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works with the authorities and communities to protect marine resources along the Eastern Tropical Pacific and the Caribbean.

Mike Horn Pangaea Shark Project
www.mikehorn.com / www.pangaea4sharks.com

Mike Horn's Pangaea Project is deeply committed to the exploration and conservation of the marine ecosystem. To this end, the Pangaea Shark Project seeks to conserve and preserve Sharks by Exploring, Learning and Acting. The Pangaea project invites young adults to become ambassadors for our planet, to share its beauty, uniqueness and delicate balance, and to give them the necessary tools to enable actions in the form of projects.

EXPLORE - Pangaea will travel 100'000 kilometer around the globe 2008-2012 exploring the realm of the Sharks, diving with many different species, and exploring human impact on Shark populations.

LEARN and teach - The project will be involved in assisting research and conservation projects along with leading scientists to further current knowledge of Sharks in terms of behaviour, ecology, and biology. The project shares this knowledge with the public through outreach programs and distribution of informative material. Through education, the Pangaea Shark Project will dispel myths surrounding Sharks and Shark bites.

ACT – The Pangaea Shark Project's mission is to promote Shark conservation through awareness, to promote the longterm sustainable use of marine ecosystems through the development of tourism activities to divert from fishing activities, and to support the implementation of protective legislation and adequate management plans. The project will focus on a micro-scale model problems to be implemented into macro-scale solutions.

Pretoma
www.pretoma.org

Founded in 1997, Pretoma is a marine conservation and research organisation working to protect ocean resources and promote sustainable fisheries policies in Costa Rica and Central America.

PROGRAMA CONSERVACION DE TIBURONES
www.tiburonesargentina.org

Founded in 2000, PROGRAMA CONSERVACION DE TIBURONES (Argentina) is a non-profit organization devoted to shark conservation in Argentina and the SW Atlantic. It focuses on commercial and recreational fisheries, marine protected areas, education and research. It is a member of the NPOA Sharks Argentina technical committee.

Shark Research Institute
www.sharks.org

Shark Research Institute (SRI), a multi-disciplinary 'non-profit' scientific research organization, was created to sponsor and conduct research on sharks and promote their conservation. Founded in 1991 at Princeton, New Jersey, USA, SRI has field offices in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Utila Whale Shark Research 
www.UtilaWhaleSharkResearch.com

The Utila Whale Shark Research Project is an initial five-year study of the population dynamics and ethology of the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) that visit the Caribbean island of Utila, one of a group of three islands called the Bay Islands found just off the coast of Honduras in Central America. 

Using cutting-edge technology for photo identification, the project is generating data that can be used for local population estimation as well as for broader studies throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world. As a 'threatened species', the Utila Whale Shark Research seeks to understand the local whale shark population in order to better protect it. This requires solid science and a commitment to local conservation.

WiLDCOAST / COSTASALVAJE
www.wildcoast.net 

WiLDCOAST protects and preserves coastal ecosystems and wildlife in the Californias and Latin America by building grassroots support, conducting media campaigns and establishing protected areas.

The coastal waters of Mexico harbor some of the world’s most significant shark populations. Of the 150 shark and rays species that live in Mexican waters, at least eight are in grave danger of extinction due to shark fishing and finning. WiLDCOAST is working to protect sharks in Mexico by increasing public awareness about the plight of the some of the ocean’s most incredible creatures.


North America

AIDA (Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente)
www.aida-americas.org

AIDA, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense was founded in 1996 on the conviction that a coalition of non-profit legal organizations in the Americas would greatly strengthen the capacity to respond to the grave environmental threat posed by unrestrained economic activity and natural resource extraction.

AIDA's mission is to empower citizens to protect human health and the environment by developing and enforcing national and international environmental laws and mechanisms for citizen participation.

Canadian Shark Conservation Society (CSCS)
www.sharkconservation.ca

The CSCS is a non-profit organisation of committed biologists and volunteers whose mission is the awareness, conservation and preservation of global shark populations through research and education programs.

Co Creative Studios 
www.cocreativestudios.com

Iemanya Oceanica
www.iemanya.org

Iemanya Oceanica is dedicated to the conservation of sharks, rays and their habitats through research, environmental education and the promotion of sustainable management policies. Iemanya currently conducts programs and conservation efforts in Southern California, USA, Mexico and Latin America.

Iemanya's US-based Adoptashark program provides support to shark movement and tracking research while educating the public about the conservation needs of sharks. Iemanya's innovative program in Mexico targets elasmobranch fishing communities in the Gulf of California and the Pacific Coast of Baja. The program's goal is to foster a conservation ethic in the fishing communities that will move them towards a sustainable shark fishery.

Living Ocean Productions
www.livingoceanproductions.com

Living Ocean Productions is a freelance underwater video and still photography business based in Kona, Hawaii. They work within ecosystems all around the tropical world, capturing and documenting marine life and its ecology, with primary emphasis on spreading education, awareness and conservation.

Mike Horn Pangaea Shark Project
www.mikehorn.com / www.pangaea4sharks.com

Mike Horn's Pangaea Project is deeply committed to the exploration and conservation of the marine ecosystem. To this end, the Pangaea Shark Project seeks to conserve and preserve Sharks by Exploring, Learning and Acting. The Pangaea project invites young adults to become ambassadors for our planet, to share its beauty, uniqueness and delicate balance, and to give them the necessary tools to enable actions in the form of projects.

EXPLORE - Pangaea will travel 100'000 kilometer around the globe 2008-2012 exploring the realm of the Sharks, diving with many different species, and exploring human impact on Shark populations.

LEARN and teach - The project will be involved in assisting research and conservation projects along with leading scientists to further current knowledge of Sharks in terms of behaviour, ecology, and biology. The project shares this knowledge with the public through outreach programs and distribution of informative material. Through education, the Pangaea Shark Project will dispel myths surrounding Sharks and Shark bites.

ACT – The Pangaea Shark Project's mission is to promote Shark conservation through awareness, to promote the longterm sustainable use of marine ecosystems through the development of tourism activities to divert from fishing activities, and to support the implementation of protective legislation and adequate management plans. The project will focus on a micro-scale model problems to be implemented into macro-scale solutions.

Ocean Conservancy
www.oceanconservancy.org

The Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education and science-based advocacy, the Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans.

Pacific Environment
www.pacificenvironment.org 

Pacific Environment protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities and reforming international policies.

SandyHook SeaLife Foundation 
www.sandyhooksealife.org

Envisioning an informed public that supports a healthy marine ecosystem, Dr. Thomas Armbruster, a physician, marine biologist and commercial fisherman founded SandyHook SeaLife Foundation in 2008. The foundation focuses on sustainable highly-migratory fisheries (sharks, tuna, billfish and swordfish) through education, volunteerism and political action.

Shark Research Institute
www.sharks.org

Shark Research Institute (SRI), a multi-disciplinary 'non-profit' scientific research organization, was created to sponsor and conduct research on sharks and promote their conservation. Founded in 1991 at Princeton, New Jersey, USA, SRI has field offices in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Shark Truth
www.sharktruth.org

Shark Truth is a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to promoting shark awareness, education and action around the wasteful and ecologically-destructive consumption of shark fin soup. Shark Truth’s unique consumer engagement campaign includes the Happy Hearts Love Sharks wedding contest that rewards couples who pledge to ‘Stop the Soup’ at their wedding banquet. Learn more by visiting their website or by joining them at www.facebook.com/sharktruth.

Wake Project Society
www.wakeproject.net

Started in Vancouver, Canada, Wake Project Society is an awareness initiative that seeks to educate people about the importance of sharks and tuna to our planet’s fragile ocean ecosystem. Wake’s objective is to enlighten consumers and appropriate businesses with fun facts and serious science about sharks and ocean-based apex predators. They aim to help people see these remarkable creatures as treasures to conserve and protect, as well as make consumers rethink what they choose to buy and eat.

WiLDCOAST / COSTASALVAJE
www.wildcoast.net 

WiLDCOAST protects and preserves coastal ecosystems and wildlife in the Californias and Latin America by building grassroots support, conducting media campaigns and establishing protected areas.

The coastal waters of Mexico harbor some of the world’s most significant shark populations. Of the 150 shark and rays species that live in Mexican waters, at least eight are in grave danger of extinction due to shark fishing and finning. WiLDCOAST is working to protect sharks in Mexico by increasing public awareness about the plight of the some of the ocean’s most incredible creatures.


Oceania

Mike Horn Pangaea Shark Project
www.mikehorn.com / www.pangaea4sharks.com

Mike Horn's Pangaea Project is deeply committed to the exploration and conservation of the marine ecosystem. To this end, the Pangaea Shark Project seeks to conserve and preserve Sharks by Exploring, Learning and Acting. The Pangaea project invites young adults to become ambassadors for our planet, to share its beauty, uniqueness and delicate balance, and to give them the necessary tools to enable actions in the form of projects.

EXPLORE - Pangaea will travel 100'000 kilometer around the globe 2008-2012 exploring the realm of the Sharks, diving with many different species, and exploring human impact on Shark populations.

LEARN and teach - The project will be involved in assisting research and conservation projects along with leading scientists to further current knowledge of Sharks in terms of behaviour, ecology, and biology. The project shares this knowledge with the public through outreach programs and distribution of informative material. Through education, the Pangaea Shark Project will dispel myths surrounding Sharks and Shark bites.

ACT – The Pangaea Shark Project's mission is to promote Shark conservation through awareness, to promote the longterm sustainable use of marine ecosystems through the development of tourism activities to divert from fishing activities, and to support the implementation of protective legislation and adequate management plans. The project will focus on a micro-scale model problems to be implemented into macro-scale solutions.

Ocean Geographic Society
www.ogsociety.org

Ocean Geographic Society encourages deeper appreciation of the beauty and the fragility of our ocean planet with the use of the finest imageries and passionate essays of the sea. The voice of the society, Ocean Geographic almanac, endeavours to inspire the world citizen to greater awareness of the urgency to conserve and preserve our natural world both above and below.

Palau Shark Sanctuary
www.sharksanctuary.com

The Palau Shark Sanctuary was founded in 2001 to bring about an end to shark finning in Palau. The general aim of the organisation is to ensure that sharks have true sanctuary in Palau.

Project AWARE Foundation (International)
www.projectaware.org 

Project AWARE Foundation conserves underwater environments through education, advocacy and action.  

Project AWARE Foundation is the dive industry's leading non-profit environmental organisation. Our offices, located in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland and Japan, combine efforts to protect aquatic resources in 175 countries of the world.

Shark Research Institute
www.sharks.org

Shark Research Institute (SRI), a multi-disciplinary 'non-profit' scientific research organization, was created to sponsor and conduct research on sharks and promote their conservation. Founded in 1991 at Princeton, New Jersey, USA, SRI has field offices in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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