Sharks play an essential rol in the health of our oceans

Mission statement

Globally, there are more than 500 shark species en over 600 ray and stingray species. A large number of those species is threatened by overfishing, loss of habitat and pollution. These sharks do not only live in international or warm waters. Several species live in our ‘own’ Dutch waters (see ‘Info’, Shark Species and Ray Species). Too little is known about these species,  research is limited.

Much of scientific research is never revealed to a large audience, causing a lack of wide social support for the conservation of sharks and rays. As Senegalese environmentalist, Baba Dioum, states:

In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.


Grey reef sharks, Palau
The Dutch Shark Society wants to be an active intermediate partner between science and people, by supporting and visualizing research, and developing media initiatives through photography and film through several information platforms. As a non-profit organisation and NGO, our objective is collaboration with governmental and non-governmental institutes, but also with the dive industry, industrial fisheries and recreational anglers. And of course all other shark lovers worldwide…



The Dutch Shark Society collaborates with a number of organizations:


Sportvisserij Nederland

Nederlandse Elasmobranchen VerenigingShark TrustWordwide Fund for Nature

Nationaal Park Oosterschelde

Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Contact info

You can contact us at +31 (0) 6 12195593 Or per email at:

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Partner organisations

De Dutch Shark Society is proud to be a partner of several organisations. Check out our Mission page!
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