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European Elasmobranch Association (EEA)
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.
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
- 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.
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