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About the Shark Alliance

The Shark Alliance was a global, not-for-profit coalition of non-governmental organizations dedicated to restoring and conserving shark populations by improving shark conservation policies. It was created to secure a Community Plan of Action for the conservation and management of sharks, and a tighter shark finning regulation, in Europe. It achieved both objectives, with the adoption of an EU Shark Plan in 2009 and the closure of all loopholes in the EU shark finning ban in 2013.

The Shark Alliance was initiated and coordinated by the environment group of The Pew Charitable Trusts.


The Shark Alliance is no longer being coordinated as an active coalition campaign. For information about the Alliance, please contact any of the members of the Steering Group below. If you want to find out more about current efforts for shark conservation, please contact a group in your area. 


Steering Group
European Elasmobranch Association

The European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) is a non-profit umbrella organisation for co-ordinating the activities of national European organisations dedicated to the study, management or conservation of chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras). The EEA holds Annual Scientific Meetings, which are attended by international researchers, non-government organisation (NGO) representatives, students and interested members of the public, offering high profile discussion and a presentation forum in the marine science and conservation context. Contact:info[a]

The pew charitable trusts
 The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.
The mission of Pew’s environment group is to promote policies and practices that protect the global environment, preserve healthy forests and marine ecosystems. The objective of Pew’s European Marine Programme is to support the European Union in ending global overfishing and reducing destruction of the world´s oceans.

 Project aware  Project AWARE Foundation (International)   

Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time.

Focused on two critical ocean issues - Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris - Project AWARE empowers divers in more than 180 countries to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.
Healthy shark and ray populations are vital to a healthy ocean. AWARE works to secure responsible limits on shark fishing and trade at national, regional, and international levels. We do so by representing the scuba divers’ voice in key shark policy debates aimed specifically at ending overexploitation of sharks - the excessive directed fishing, bycatch, and finning.  At these fora and beyond, we advocate for:

•    Finning bans that use the best practice of prohibiting removal of fins at sea 
•    Adoption of scientifically advised fishing limits
•    A precautionary approach when such information is limited and,
•    Full protections for endangered shark and ray species 

Shark trust
 The Shark Trust

The Shark Trust promotes the study, management and conservation of sharks, skates and rays. The Shark Trust acts as the secretariat of the European Elasmobranch Association and collaborates with other national member bodies to achieve their aims in British, European and international waters.

The Trust works with other groups concerned with shark, skate and ray conservation issues. These include commercial fisherman, recreational sea anglers, divers, yachtsmen and all those who want to ensure the future survival of these fascinating but threatened animals.



The successful work of the Shark Alliance would not have been possible without the contributions of numerous scientists, conservationists and sympathetic decision-makers.

  Sonja Fordham, Shark Advocates International

We are particularly grateful for the dedication and support of Sonja Fordham, now president of Shark Advocates International, who helped establish the Shark Alliance and who played a key role for several years as the coalition’s policy director.


The Shark Alliance could not have been successful without the dedication and hard work of its many member groups.  In addition, the generous support of several donors enabled the coordination of policy, communications, and outreach to enhance the efforts of Shark Alliance member groups. We would like to thank The Pew Charitable Trusts and its funding partners—the Lenfest Foundation, Oak Foundation, Save our Seas Foundation, and Sandler Family Foundation—for their generous support of shark protection in the European Union.
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