SharkGuardian & SharkEnemy of the Year

For more than a decade Sharkproject International has been presenting the only environmental awards in the world focused specifically on sharks.

Alongside a positive award, the SharkGUARDIAN, there is also a negative award, the SharkENEMY of the year. The Sharkproject team nominates potential recipients and the winners are chosen by an international jury.

The award ceremony is traditionally held at the BOOT trade fair in Düsseldorf. In the case of the SharkENEMY award, the trophy usually has to be sent: the winners of this award do not tend to appear in person as the international interest and corresponding negative publicity is too great.

History

The idea of a “Positive Award” and a “Negative Award” was conceived in the spring of 2003 during a meeting of our executive committee. Over the years, the concept was developed and took shape, and we used our early forum to propose candidates for both awards.

We still had to find a name for the awards, so we held a competition and which led to the creation of the SharkGUARDIAN and the SharkENEMY awards! As this was not a one-off promotion but an permanent feature, we also set up, in parallel, the “Stop Finning” campaign, which provided the framework for the first award.

SHARK AWARDS (c) SHARKPROJECT

An overview of the prize winners

Here is a list of the winners of each year’s awards to date. By clicking on each year you can also find the nominations for that year, including a detailed description of the circumstances leading to their nomination.

If you have a suggestion for further nominations in the coming years (either for the Guardian or Enemy awards), you are welcome to put it forward.

2018

SHARK GUARDIAN

Dr. Shelley Clarke, for improving fisheries management and reducing unwanted bycatch.

SHARK ENEMY
The Marine Stewardship Council MSC, awarded for the second time since 2012, for continuing to ignore demands to revise their standards of certification, and thereby endangering the credibility of their seal.

2017

SHARK GUARDIAN
Cathay Pacific, for their exemplary decision not to transport any more shark fins – An honorary award was presented to Alex Antoniou for exceptional personal commitment.

SHARK ENEMY
FedEx, for their recent, conscious decision not to impose a transport stop on shark fins.

2016

SHARK GUARDIAN
California, for their consequent enforcement of laws against finning.

SHARK ENEMY
Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, president of Costa Rica, for repealing shark protection laws brought into effect by his predecessor.

2015

SHARK GUARDIAN
Leonardo DiCaprio, for the shining example he has set for sea conservation with his donations amounting to more than 10 million US dollars.

SHARK ENEMY
PROPEGAL SL, Vigo (Spain), for blithely expediting the extinction of sharks in the ocean and for cynically trivializing this fact through seemingly innocent laxness.

2014

SHARK GUARDIAN (Ehrenpreis)
SHARK GUARDIAN (Honorary award) for the life work of the diving pioneer, marine researcher and shark protector Prof. Hans Hass (1919-2013) – (a special exception to the regular award in 2014).

2013

SHARK GUARDIAN
Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica, together with Sir Richard Branson, for improvements to effective shark protection in Costa Rica

SHARK ENEMY
Colin Barnett, Prime Minister of Western Australia, for calling for an official shark cull

2012

SHARK GUARDIAN
Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Republic of the Maldives, and the crew and guests of the Royal Evolution, an Egyptian safari boat

SHARK ENEMY
Marine Stewardship Council MSC

2011

SHARK GUARDIAN
Stefanie Brendl (Shark Allies)

SHARK ENEMY
John Scanlon, General Secretary of CITES

2010

SHARK GUARDIAN
Hannes Jaenicke, actor and presenter

SHARK ENEMY
Mike Braynen, Director of the Department of Marine Resources/Bahamas

2009

SHARK GUARDIAN
Rob Stewart, Director of Sharkwater

SHARK ENEMY
Bruch, Managing Director of Globus Handelshof

2008

SHARK GUARDIAN
ex aequo an Dirk Steffens (animal filmmaker and presenter) and Achim Steiner, General Secretary of UNEP

SHARK ENEMY
Joan Clos, Spanish Minister for Industry, Tourism and Trade

2007

SHARK GUARDIAN
Ali Sodiq, Managing Director and owner of the souvenir shop “COLLECTION DHIVEHI”, Maldives

SHARK ENEMY
Jack Ma, founder and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Alibaba.com

2006

SHARK GUARDIAN
The Egyptian Fisheries Ministry (the prize was accepted by representatives from the organisation HEPCA)

SHARK ENEMY
Abel Pacheco, President of Costa Rica

2005

SHARK GUARDIAN
Honorary award) Andrew (Andy) Cobb for his life work

SHARK ENEMY
Spain: in particular its representation within the EU Fisheries Commission

2004

SHARK GUARDIAN
The Republic of Palau

SHARK ENEMY
The Republic of the Maldives

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