Shark populations are under constant attack by humans and our actions. But there are organizations that are fighting for the protection of the species for the good of our global ecosystems. It's no easy task though. These organizations face obstacles and they need support to continue their hard work with their conservation campaigns.
That's where we come in! These shark conservation organizations need support from you to fight the obstacles they come across on local and global scales.
Below, I've listed a bunch of conservation groups you can get involved with or donate to today. Click on the name of the organization to head to their website and learn more information.
And remember, it's not always about donating money. There are other ways to offer your support!
The Shark Trust is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting the study, management, and conservation of sharks, rays, and skates in the UK and Internationally.
They operate scientific research and education programs. They have produced codes of conduct for approaching Basking Sharks and Whale Sharks safely and responsibly. They also campaign for legislative protection for vulnerable shark species and or higher legislation restricting shark finning.
Oceana is a non-profit ocean conservation organization focused on preserving and restoring the world's oceans. They are dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based policy campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.
Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Their offices around the world work together to win strategic, directed campaigns that achieve measurable outcomes that will help make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant.
Shark Stewards is an international non-profit dedicated to saving sharks and ocean habitats.
They work to ensure sharks and marine ecosystems will survive for the benefit of clean health and remain to inspire and fascinate future generations.
Shark Stewards save sharks by supporting regulation to reduce the shark fin trade and overfishing.
Shark Advocates International
Shark Advocates International is a non-profit project of The Ocean Foundation dedicated to conserving some of the ocean's most vulnerable and valuable - sharks.
Their mission is to provide leadership in advancing sound science-based local, national, and international conservation policies through collaboration with a diverse array of organizations and decision-makers.
The Shark Angels are leading a positive, contagious movement to save sharks - and the oceans of our planet. They are a passionate, global community that believes in the power of education, media, and local grassroots campaigns.
They raise awareness of the critical issues, educate children, change perspectives, empower and connect advocates to act locally to save sharks and the critical ecosystems they support.
For over 25 years, the Project AWARE Foundation has been working with scuba divers across the globe to protect underwater environments.
They mobilize individual scuba divers to help stem the thread arising from two major ocean issues; shark conservation and marine litter.
Divers and water enthusiasts get the needed training, tools, and online resources that will allow them to act in their own communities to protect the ocean.
IUCN Shark Specialist Group
The IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) was established by the IUCN Species Survival Commission in 1991. IUCN SSG has long been a trusted source of science-based information and advice on sharks and their relatives.
This solid reputation has been built on widespread interest in the ICUN Red List as a means of identifying and prioritizing species at risk, monitoring threats, and evaluating conservation action.
Marine Megafauna Foundation
The Marine Megafauna Foundation works to improve the management of existing marine protected areas and develop effective, long-term conservation strategies to protect and restore key habitats.
They work globally and locally - raising public awareness and inspiring action across the world while working directly with coastal communities and government officials to enhance understanding and support behavioral change.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization that works to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect delicately-balanced ecosystems and species.
They use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.
Wildbook for Whale Sharks & Wildbook for Leopard/Zebra Sharks
Wildbook for Whale Sharks (and now for Leopard/Zebra Sharks too) blends structured wildlife research with artificial intelligence, citizen science, and computer vision to speed population analysis and develop new insights to help fight extinction.
Using a specialized algorithm and a photo library of whale and leopard/zebra shark encounters, Wildbook digitally tags individual animals and their unique markings (much like a human fingerprint).
This database is used by marine biologists to collect and analyze the sighting data of these sharks to learn more about these amazing creatures.
WildAid is an environmental organization focusing on reducing the human demand for wildlife products. They using high-impact media campaigns and work with celebrities and business owners to advocate for wildlife conservation on a massive scale.
Their specific shark-focused awareness campaign and the Global Shark Pledge has been adopted by dozens of airlines, shipping companies, restaurants, and hotel chains and has been instrumental in convincing businesses not to serve shark fin soup.
Sharks4Kids is an outreach team that strives to create a new generation of shark advocates through access to a dynamic range of free educational materials.
Their team brings together scientists, educators, conservationists, and professional videographers to create a unique opportunity for the next generation to learn why sharks need kids and kids need sharks.