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 skate species. A large number of these species are threatened by overfishing, loss of habitat and pollution. Sharks and rays are threatened by human influences and activities. The entire ocean ecosystem is affected by declining shark populations. Sharks and stingrays are long-lived, become sexually mature and produce few young (pups), making them particularly vulnerable to overfishing.

Scyliorhinus canicula and Scliorhinus stellaris

The elasmobranches do not only live in “foreign” or tropical waters: there are 18 species in our own Dutch North Sea. Of these species, only 3 species are Least Concern according to the Red List International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the other species are endangered, some of them even critically endangered.

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.

The Dutch Shark Society is an active intermediary and acts as a link between science and a large audience by supporting and visualizing research and developing media initiatives through photography and film through various information platforms. In addition, the Society offers a wide range of free educational material, both online and in print.

As a non-profit organization and NGO, our goal is cooperation with governmental and non-governmental institutions, but also with the diving industry, professional fishing and recreational anglers.

The Society is currently working on a number of projects: sharks and rays in the North Sea, consumption and labeling of shark meat in Europe, is an intermediary for genetic research into populations, project partner in research of egg cases found along the coast and has documented research projects: in The Netherlands, but also abroad. There is a collaboration with several organizations and universities worldwide.

All information is shared via the website and social media.

One of the priorities of the Society is to capture and report about our “own sharks and rays” to show them to a wide audience. A unique image archive now exists, which in certain cases may be used free of charge by students and scientists and against payment by television and commercial organizations. Dutch Shark Society has no profit motive, the proceeds are used for educational materials, the website and the expenses of volunteers.

Starry smooth-hounds on the market

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…

 

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.

The Dutch Shark Society collaborates with a number of organizations, a.o.:

 

Sportvisserij Nederland

Wordwide Fund for Nature

Shark Trust

Contact info

You can contact us at +31 (0) 6 12195593 Or per email at: georgina@dutchsharksociety.org

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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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