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SHARKPROJECT

SHARKPROJECT is an organisation dedicated to the protection of sharks and, in accordance with the articles of association, acts in the interests of the more than 500 species of sharks and their environment, the marine ecosystem.

Formed in 2002 SHARKPROJECT has grown into one of the largest and most effective organisations in the world.

SHARKPROJECT is looking for ways to reach out to the public. Widespread press work throughout all sectors of the media enable us to reach millions of people with our message. We also actively present extensive school programs which incorporate learning materials and speakers, as well as participation in trade fairs, lectures and more

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IUCN Member | Logo (c) IUCN

The SHARKPROJECT Active Team operates internationally from Costa Rica to Spain. There are, in addition, the national campaigns run by the three national sections in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

SHARKPROJECT has been a full member of the IUCN since 2016.

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INTERNATIONAL

SHARKPROJECT International is, as the umbrella organisation, responsible for conceptualising, coordinating and carrying out of SHARKPROJECTS global campaigns and activities. In Germany, the seat of the organisation, we are a recognised charitable organisation.

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AUSTRIA

Millions of years have passed since the greater part of Austria was covered by the ocean. Today the world’s beaches are as distant as the Austrians concerns about our largest food reservoir, the ocean, and its top predator, the shark.

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GERMANY

The national organisation, SHARKPROJECT Germany e.V. was formed as a registered association in September 2008, exactly 6 years after SHARKPROJECT began. Their focus lies in taking international activities and implementing them in local campaigns and actions.

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SWITZERLAND

SHARKPROJECT SWITZERLAND has been active throughout Switzerland, promoting the protection of sharks and the world’s oceans since 2006. The team that started off small, reorganised in 2014 and is now busy seeking active members to support it as it goes from strength to strength.

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Current Campaigns

Aktuelle Kampagnen
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“Open Letter” sent to the MSC

An alliance of, 66 environmental protection organisations, scientists and private individuals have called for urgent and extensive improvements to the MSC certification standards in a letter sent on January 19th, 2018.

And a growing number of organisations are also joining this call and offer help to the Marine Stewardship Council for a swift implementation of urgently needed improvements to the MSC standard in order to rehabilitate the sustainability claim of the MSC label in the scientific community and at consumer level.

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Hands Off

The situation is rather absurd. On one side shark tourism is booming, on the other side more sharks are being pulled out of the ocean than ever before.

Nowadays every novice diver can free dive with large sharks. In the last few years sharks, the “Terrors of the Deep”, have apparently become lapdogs with which anyone can interact.
And therein lies the problem…

  • Region:

    Global

  • Organiser:

    International

  • Campaign begin:

    December 2009

  • Campaign

    Hands off

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AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN THE AZORES

The awareness campaign was launched in March 2014. We run regular advertisements throughout the year in two of the island’s newspapers. Both are in Portuguese and inform the local inhabitants of the fact that the Portuguese and Spanish fishing fleets catch over 60 000 tonnes of blue and mako sharks in the North Atlantic every year.

  • Gebiet:

    Throughout Europe

  • Organiser:

    Germany

  • Campaign begin:

    March 2014

  • Awareness Campaign:

    Azores

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Correct certification of fish for consumption

Seal of approval for sustainable fishing given for catching sharks?

For the moment there will be no MSC certificate for swordfish awarded to the Spanish longlining fleet. The reasons, however, do not lie in a change in the MSC’s politics, as increasingly requested by SHARKPROJECT.

  • Region:

    Global

  • Organiser:

    Germany

  • Campaign begin:

    January 2017

  • Awareness Campaign:

    In co-operation with numerous NGO’s

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STOP Finning

The Stop Finning campaign is currently being updated with new data, facts and factsheets and will resume soon.

  • Region:

    Global

  • Organiser:

    International

  • Campaign begin:

    January 2005

  • Campaign

    Against the severing of fins from live sharks.

Project sponsorship
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SHARK SAFE BARRIER

Sponsoring the international team of Dr. Craig O’Connell/O’Seas Conservation Foundation, Inc with the development of an invisible magnetic barrier for repelling sharks in coastal waters.

  • Region

    Global/South Africa

  • Project start

    2013

  • Project

    An Alternative and Non-Lethal Barrier Deployed as a Shark Deterrent.

  • Organiser::

    Austria

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Great White Mystery

This project aims, with the help of new tags, to gain detailed information about the migration of great white sharks. This knowledge can be used, in cooperation with specific institutions, to set up no-catch zones.

  • Region:

    Global/Guadalupe Island

  • Organiser:

    International

  • Campaign begin:

    October 2016

  • Project

    Research Great White Sharks

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WHITE SHARK NURSERY

Supporting the work of Dr. Craig O’Connell in the USA. His current project focuses on the question of whether the waters off the east coast of Long Island are the birthing grounds for white sharks, and also a habitat for juvenile sharks. If this proves to be true, then the research can be used to initiate protective measures and fishing quotas for the local fishing communities. The project will foreseeably run until October 2019.

  • Region:

    Global

  • Organiser:

    Switzwrland

  • Campaign begin:

    September 2017

  • Project

    Research Great White Sharks

SHARKPROJECT School Program
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WORLDWIDE SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Every year, our SHARKPROJECT School Program teaches thousands of schoolchildren, of all ages, around the world about sharks, marine ecology and plastic.

We are constantly expanding this program and will soon include an extensive site for children and young adults.

  • Region:

    Global

  • Campaign begin:

    January 2006

  • Project

    Education of Children and Youths

  • Organiser::

    Germany

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  • When sharks die, the oceans die!

    Andy Cobb
  • If you are afraid of an animal, you will always see something threatening in its behaviour!

    Bertrand Russel
  • If you talk to the animals they will talk with you
    and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them
    you will not know them, and what you do not know
    you will fear. What one fears one destroys.

    Dan George