International Shark and Species Conservation Organization


Respect, Love, Save — Sharks
Our ultimate goal and vision: intact shark populations worldwide

We want to achieve our vision through three missions: Protection, Education and Cooperation

In our mission statement we have set out our vision, mission, values and code of conduct. Under the three missions, we describe our activities, which we all carry out on a voluntary basis with a lot of commitment and passion for the protection of sharks.

Sharkproject is actively represented in many countries through ambassadors in Angola, Mexico, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Europe is represented by the three country associations Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Sharkproject International as an umbrella organization is made up of the country representatives, members, as well as Staff International Cooperation and the Presidium.

All projects and campaigns are coordinated and decided upon by the international board of directors, so that a worldwide, uniform appearance is guaranteed. We are one Sharkproject.

International Cooperation as a staff networks with other organizations and governments and represents Sharkproject at congresses such as IUCN. We work with many partners to give weight to campaigns and projects. Because the more numerous we are, the stronger we are in shark conservation!

We can't do all this without you, either! No matter in which way you support or will support us, we thank you for your trust in our work.




Promote scientific research, projects and initiatives that support the conservation of sharks and its habitat, financially, organisationally and ideally.


We inform and train, educate about the importance of sharks, give recommendations for action and rules of conduct.


We initiate and implement measures with other NGOs to protect the shark and its habitat.

EU Citizens' Initiative STOP FINNING - STOP THE TRADE:
Where do we go from here?

After official confirmation of 1,119,996 votes, the Public Hearing in the European Parliament on the topic of the trade ban of shark fins in Europe took place on 27.03.2023.

1,119,996 EU citizens voted for a ban of the trade with shark fins in the EU. Now the EU has to take its responsibility!

The million remain valid:

  • The national authorities handed out the certificates - confirming more than one million votes. The initiative then submitted its documents to the EU Commission within three months.

  • This marked the beginning of the exciting final step of the campaign. Within a month of submission, the initiative's spokespersons will present our common cause to the relevant EU committee. In addition, the spokespersons will have the opportunity to address the EU Parliament directly in a public hearing. This has happened on 27.03.2023

  • The EU Commission must publicly announce its further action within six months after the votes have been submitted. In doing so, it is possible that action will be completely rejected or only partially implemented. Of course, we hope and expect that the destructive trade in shark fins will come to a complete end.

  • The deadline for the EU Commission's response is 11.07.2023

We keep fighting:

  • Having closely followed the political debates and arguments brought forward by fishery lobbyists, we are concerned that the Commission’s reply may not fully consider all essential aspects for a balanced evaluation of:
    1. the EU’s leading role in the global shark fishing business,
    2. the unsustainability of the EU’s shark fishing operations,
    3. the true environmental and socio-economic impact of these fisheries, and
    4. the importance of this reply for sharks and healthy marine ecosystems

  • Together with other European marine conservation organizations, we are addressing the EU Commission in an open letter:


Sharks back in Spa

Return of the sharks to the Spa Loipersdorf

Sustainable fishing in the EU

Joint statement by Sharkproject and Pro Wildlife

Big Blue Future or Big Blue Failure?

Seafood Eco-Label MSC's Revised Standard

Whale shark, mako, wobbegong, silky shark, thresher shark, bull shark... all in just one dive

Sharkproject and Divemaster invite you to a virtual dive with sharks.

Europe Calling to Save Sharks: Will the EU listen to the Request of its Citizens?

An Analysis of the public hearing of the ECI by Sharkproject

Ferienmesse Wien 2023

Wanderlust: Cities, Deserts, Mountains and the Sea


Many visitors at the Austrian "Boot" in Tulln

MOU on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks

Memorandum of Understanding of the UN was hosted in Bonn


Finally, boot again: from January 21-29, 2023 the international trade fair boot Düsseldorf took place. After two years of Corona break, Sparkproject was finally back at the biggest boat show in the world

SharkGuardian finally delivered in person

After a virtual delivery via Zoom Edgar Mauricio Hoyos-Padilla could now accept his real Shark Guardian trophy

Delivery of the votes for "Stop Finning - Stop the Trade"

Now it's up the the EU-Parliament: A Citizen Initiative demands not only to ban the cruel finning but also the trade with fins

Austria resolves import-ban for shark products

The motion for a resolution for the import-ban for commercial shark products has been accepted CONCORDANT

Austria plans to ban the import of commercial shark-products

All five political parties that are in the Austrian Parliament demand a national ban for the import of shark-products

Sharkproject at the ICCAT 23rd Special Session

„Business as usual“ but partial victory for Southern shortfin mako

Beach Cleaning Actions in Egypt

Beach Cleaning Actions in Wadi Gemal National Park

IOTC 2022

26th Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission does not achieve improvements for either sharks nor tuna

Shark research in South Africa

MSC & the Blue Label

"Last Call" or the last chance for the Marine Stewardship Council & the Blue Label!

Shark Guardian 2022

Sharkproject honors Mexican researcher Edgar Mauricio Hoyos Padilla as “Shark Guardian”

The 27th Session of the Commission of ICCAT is over!

What has been achieved in respect to shark conservation in the Atlantic? Which important improvements have failed again?

Comment on ICCAT meeting for Makosharks

Intersessional Meeting once again failed to agree on a retention ban for shortfin mako sharks but still claims to make progress