Mission

Photo by David Doubilet

Photo by David Doubilet

WE USE SCIENCE TO EDUCATE AND PROTECT. THIS IS OUR MISSION. THIS IS WHAT DRIVES US RELENTLESSLY FORWARD.

The challenges facing this critical apex predator are many, and seemingly overwhelming. More than 100 million are slaughtered every year for their fins. Climate change is dramatically disrupting the oceanic ecosystem and food chain. And mankind’s attitudes are indifferent at best; savage at worst.

We believe science—rigorous, peer-reviewed, professional—can inform and guide governing bodies and society at large to conservation policies that ensure the sustainability of all shark species.

research. education. conservation. legislation.

Join us on our mission. The sharks need all of us.


Work

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REAL INFORMATION TO REALLY INFORM.

Few species are more misunderstood, and more vilified by popular culture. We’re working to change that. 

Through funding and sponsoring credible research, we provide fact-based, peer-reviewed information to inform. Beyond hyperbole. Beyond TV ratings. Beyond question.

A multi-disciplinary nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific research organization, we were the first shark conservation organization in the U.S. Founded in 1991 at Princeton, New Jersey, USA, today we have field offices in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas, and internationally in Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Current projects include visual and satellite tracking, behavioral and DNA studies, environmental advocacy, publication of scientific works and public education. As in years past, we’ll also be fighting for shark protections at CITES CoP18, the primary international venue for conservation treaties.

Our work serves a number of audiences engaged in the health of our marine ecosystem:

  • the scientific community

  • policy making and governing bodies

  • the media

  • organizations and individuals

  • marine resource users including subsistence fishermen, sport divers, and the dive tourism industry

Read current and archived written works in our Library.