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The Shark Trust was established in 1997 to provide a voice for sharks in the UK. Today we are a well-respected advocate for shark management and protection and part of a global collaborative movement in shark conservation; working to safeguard shark, skate and ray populations through positive change.

Without sharks, marine eco-systems face an uncertain future. Our vision is a future where sharks, skates and rays thrive within a globally healthy marine ecosystem.

Building on previous successes in fisheries management (such as the implementation and enforcement of the EU finning ban) and wildlife protection, we are now pushing for effective management, enforced protection and responsible trade across the globe.


  • Improve the conservation of threatened shark species
  • Achieve sustainable management of non-threatened sharks and associated fisheries
  • Influence supply chains and reduce consumer demand for non-sustainable shark products

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We thrive on collaboration and believe that the combined efforts of scientists, the fishing industry, decision –makers and the public  is key to safeguarding shark, skate and rays populations around the world.

➤ Find out more about the 10-year conservation plan the ‘Global Shark and Ray Initiative (GSRI)’ 


The 10-year plan - The Global Shark and Ray Initiative (GSRI)

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