Aims of the Shark Trust.
The Trust was set up in July 1997 to promote the study, conservation and
management of sharks, skates and rays in the UK and internationally. The Trust is a member
of the European Elasmobranch Association and supports its work. The Shark Trust and other
EEA member organisations seek to co-ordinate their efforts to influence and reverse the
factors which are threatening the status of shark populations and fisheries, and to
promote and carry out research.
Our priorities for action include the following:
- Introducing effective management on a regional basis to regulate shark and ray fisheries
and ensure that they are sustainable.
- Reducing shark and ray bycatch and mortality in other fisheries.
- Increasing research effort on the biology of sharks and rays and their fisheries,
including the promotion of a collaborative tag and release programme.
- Improving records of catches, landings and international trade in species of sharks and
- Improving management of critical habitats, including nursery grounds, under threat.
- Increasing the amount of information available to the public and decision-makers.
At the present time there are EEA member organisations in Portugal, Italy, Germany, the
Netherlands, and the UK. Organisations in France, Switzerland, Ireland and Spain are
likely to join the network in the near future. Some of these organisations have their own
individual membership or supporter networks. However, many are still too small to be able
to provide their own supporter services and rely on the Shark Trust to do so for them.
Individuals are invited to support the work of the EEA by sending their subscriptions
or donations to the Shark Trust. Subscribers will receive regular copies of the Shark
Trust & EEA newsletter and fact sheets, a free entry voucher to any Sea Life Centre in
Europe, and invitations to public meetings of the Shark Trust and the EEA. We urgently
need to enlist your help to enable us to continue with the work of the European
Elasmobranch Association and Shark Trust.