European Elasmobranch Association (EEA)
European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) logo.

The Shark Trust is Secretariat of the European Elasmobranch Association (EEA).

The EEA board is represented by ten organisations involved in chondrichthyan (shark, skate, ray and chimaera) conservation and research, from the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. Each take a turn to host the annual EEA conference, where leading and aspiring, shark scientists, conservationists, researchers and enthusiasts gather to present their work. In 2013 the Shark Trust, who represent the UK, brought the 17th EEA conference to Plymouth.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Welcome drinks at the evening reception, which was held at the National Marine Aquarium.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Fiona Harris from the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) delivers the opening address.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Sarah Fowler (Shark Trust/SOSF) delivers the keynote address © Peter Verhoog, Dutch Shark Society.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

A big thank you to Marc Dando for designing all the conference artwork.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Niels Breve presents on smoothhounds in the Netherlands © Peter Verhoog, Dutch Shark Society.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

The conference was held at the Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Stained glass window in Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Ali Hood (Shark Trust Director of Conservation) introduces keynote address presentation © Rolf Williams.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Thank you to AV Technician Clive for all his help.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Thank you to the Sherwell team for all their help.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Delegates enjoy the wonderful buffet provided by Plymouth University © Rolf Williams.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Ali Hood and Cat Gordon (Shark Trust) tweet about lectures from the front row.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Poster presentations were viewed in the breaks © Peter Verhoog, Dutch Shark Society.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Ali Hood (Shark Trust Director of Conservation) & Sonja Fordham (Shark Advocates International) discuss sharks © Rolf Williams.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Shark Trust poster presentations by Cat Gordon & John Richardson.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Lots of networking took place during the conference breaks.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Lilian Lieber (University of Aberdeen) presents on Basking Shark connectivity © Peter Verhoog, Dutch Shark Society.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Peter Verhoog and Georgina Wiersma from the Dutch Shark Society.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Delicious cream teas for everyone.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Cream teas and networking.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Cat Gordon presents on the Shark Trust's Great Eggcase Hunt Project.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Sonja Fordham (Shark Advocates International) presents on sharks across the pond.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Sonja Fordham (Shark Advocates International) presents on sharks across the pond - #dogfishRsharks2

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Keynote speaker Clinton Duffy (University of Auckland) presents on the two t's - tracking & taxonomy © Peter Verhoog, Dutch Shark Society.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Nick Dulvy (IUCN SSG) presents on species in peril.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Nick Dulvy (IUCN SSG) presents on how to plan for conservation success.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Delegates enjoy a sustainably sourced dinner (sponsored by Seafish) at Rockfish © Rolf Williams.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Delegates enjoy a sustainably sourced dinner (sponsored by Seafish) at Rockfish © Rolf Williams.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Part of team Shark Trust enjoy dinner at Rockfish © Rolf Williams.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Cat Gordon (Shark Trust) & Graham Hall (Manx Basking Shark Watch) model hats for the auction © Rolf Williams.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Jim Ellis (Cefas) and Jamie Rendall (Defra).

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Michael Scholl (SOSF), Sarah Fowler (Shark Trust/SOSF) & Nick Dulvy (IUCN SSG).

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Marc Dando - illustrator of Sharks of the World - signs delegates' books.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Sarah Fowler signs Sharks of the World next to Glyphis fowlerae - Borneo River Shark - on page 478 © Rolf Williams.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Marc, Al Reeve and Cat enjoying the conference.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

Shark Trust's Company Secretary enjoys a well deserved tea break.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2013

A shiver of delegates!


The Association was set up in 1996 to coordinate the regional and international activities of its members and has the following objectives:

  • To advance research
  • Sustainable management
  • Conservation
  • Education throughout Europe

The EEA seeks to address the following priorities:

  • Monitor skates and rays
  • Introduce effective management on a regional basis to regulate shark and ray fisheries and ensure their sustainability;
  • Reduce shark and ray by-catch in other fisheries;
  • Improve records of catches, landings and international trade;
  • Improve research effort on the biology of sharks and rays and the impacts of fisheries;
  • Improve management of threatened elasmobranch habitats;
  • Provide information to the public and decision-makers.

The EEA's scientific network formulates scientific policy and draws up specific research priorities within the areas listed above.

The EEA plans to develop collaborative research proposals between its member bodies and other organisations for international funding and implementation.


Related Links:

EEA 2013 Conference

➤ Download the EEA 2013 ICCAT Resolution (pdf)

➤ Visit the EEA website