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FAVORITE SHARK CHARITIES
Want to make a difference? Donate to these trusted shark charities:
shark advocates international
Shark Advocates International is a non-profit (501c3) project of The Ocean Foundation dedicated to conserving some of the ocean's most vulnerable and valuable - the sharks. They provide leadership in advancing sound, science-based local, national, and international conservation policies through collaboration with a diverse array of organizations and decision makers.
Shark Trust was founded in the U.K. in 1997, a well-known charity dedicated shark, skate and ray conservation in the U.K. and internationally. Their vision is “a future where sharks, skates and rays thrive within a globally healthy marine ecosystem,” and they work closely with the U.K. government and international partners to achieve this. The Trust heavily influenced the ban on European shark finning in 2013. It’s also part of a global partnership that introduced the 10-year Global Shark and Ray Initiative in 2016 to drastically improve the conservation status of sharks. The Trust works closely with fishing industries, businesses, divers and the public to create change and educate communities. Support their work by becoming a member, adopting a white shark to fund research in the Farallon Islands, donating, fundraising or volunteering at their community events.
The Gills Club
The Gills Club, with their motto “Smart About Sharks,” gives girls the opportunity to get involved in projects that make a difference in public perception of sharks. Members, aged 13 and younger, receive tools in monthly newsletters to help educate their communities about sharks. There are also hands-on learning experiences at monthly events in Massachusetts and Florida. The club aims to encourage young girls’ interest in science and math subjects, and works closely with educational institutions. The newsletter features the work of top female shark researchers from around the world, information about different shark species, and provides research updates. The Gills Club is an education initiative of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC), and interested parties can make donations to the AWSC to support this education initiative. AWSC is non-profit organization that funds white-shark research, promotes public-safety initiatives, and educates the community about the importance of white sharks in our ecosystem.
Shark Spotters is a pioneering shark safety program in Cape Town, South Africa that focuses on solutions to shark-human conflicts. The program has received international attention for its unique approach to reducing negative interactions between sharks and people using non-lethal methods. Shark spotters improve beach safety by monitoring coastlines for nearby sharks. A flag system indicates current water visibility and shark-sighting data for water-users. Spotters also provide emergency assistance during shark incidents, contribute to shark research, educate the public about shark conservation, and provide employment for local people. Private donations and sponsors such as Save Our Seas Foundation fund the program. Those wishing to donate and support Shark Spotters can find further information on their website.
shark friendly marinas
Shark Friendly Marinas Initiative aims to reduce worldwide shark mortality. To achieve this, they work with local authorities to prohibit the landing of any shark at participating marinas. The Fins United Initiative has proudly has partnered with this initiative in Puerto Rico! By earmarking specific marinas as “Shark Friendly,” they discourage the killing of sharks for recreational purposes (mainly by private/charter boat users). Consequently, this initiative could save tens of thousands of sharks every year.