Who we are
Our coalition with the support of Oceans 5, is working together to secure CITES listings for shark and ray species at the 16th Conference of Parties in March 2013. Learn more about the coalition members below:
Shark Advocates International (SAI), a project of The Ocean Foundation, is dedicated to advancing science-based policies for sharks and rays. Based on 20 years of shark conservation achievement, SAI works to secure sound limits on shark fishing and trade, protection for endangered species, and stronger bans on finning. SAI has participated in key shark and ray discussions at meetings of the CITES Animals Committee, the Convention on Migratory Species, and various Regional Fishery Management Organizations.
SAI President, Sonja Fordham, was a leading proponent of the first CITES Resolution on sharks, adopted at the 1994 Conference of the Parties (CoP), and has attended each CITES CoP since. She serves on numerous advisory panels related to domestic and international shark and ray policies.
The German Elasmobranch Society (Deutsche Elasmobranchier-Gesellschaft, D.E.G.) is a Hamburg-based non-profit organisation established in 1995. The membership organisation provides a link between the German-speaking public and the science community and its members consists of biologists, journalists, and other enthusiasts concerned about the conservation of threatened sharks, skates and rays (elasmobranchs).
The Society raises public awareness about the threat elasmobranchs face from fisheries and consumption, and works to advance the conservation of sharks, skates and rays through science, education, and advocacy. The Society’s conservation approach is strictly science-based and it works to deliver effective German, EU and international wildlife protection and fisheries management.
Established in 1997, the Shark Trust is the United Kingdom’s leading charity for advancing worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence, and action. The Trust is an effective and well respected advocate for sound, science-based shark management and protection, a founding member of the Shark Alliance, the Secretariat of the European Elasmobranch Association, and a membership organization which provides a link between the public and the science community.
The Shark Trust has extensive experience working constructively and congenially within coalitions, and is particularly skilled at engaging concerned citizens in its causes through user-friendly educational materials and direct interaction at public events.
Project AWARE Foundation is a global movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet – one dive at a time. Focused on the critical issues of Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers in more than 180 countries to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.
Through its global Shark Petition (www.projectaware.org/sharkpetition), more than 120,000 scuba divers have voiced their support to protect the world’s most vulnerable sharks and rays.
Founded in 1895 and headquartered at New York’s Bronx Zoo, WCS is dedicated to saving wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks. WCS has on-the-ground presence in more than 60 countries and operates marine projects in over 20 countries, several of which have important shark fisheries. WCS shark fieldwork includes species research, artisanal fishing surveys, capacity-building, and education and outreach.
WCS has a long-standing engagement in CITES. WCS experts and field scientists contribute to the work of the CITES Animals and Standing Committees and numerous CITES projects and initiatives, involving elephants, sharks, tigers, tortoises and turtles and many other species.
Humane Society International (HSI) is one of the only international animal protection organizations in the world working to protect all animals. HSI supports programs in more than 35 countries around the world, and maintains offices in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.
HSI was instrumental in encouraging the Australian government to propose the white shark for listing under CITES, and has successfully lobbied for the listing of white and whale sharks, as well as the giant manta ray under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).
HSI had great success promoting text in the 2007 United Nations General Assembly Fisheries Resolution that encourages the “fins naturally attached” method for enforcing finning bans.