Shark Trust Projects

The Shark Trust works to further shark conservation using a scientific and pragmatic approach. Our projects raise awareness about the threats that sharks face and enable us to gather vital data that helps us to better understand, manage and protect these key apex predators that play an integral role in many marine ecosystems. Therefore, as well as conserving sharks, our work also directly impacts on the overall health of our oceans.

We work in collaboration with the public and a range of specialist groups including; anglers, scientists, researchers and politicians.

Current projects include:

  Abbi Sands holding an eggcase © Richard Land.  

Great Eggcase Hunt

The Great Eggcase Hunt needs your help to find shark, skate and ray eggcases that have washed up on the beach and report them to us. If you’re a diver we’re also keen to receive reports of eggcases under the sea. This information will help us learn more about the distribution of British elasmobranchs.
Great Eggcase Hunt

  Basking Shark © Charles Hood.  

Basking Shark Project

The Basking Shark Project is a great way for shark enthusiasts of all ages to get involved with Basking Shark conservation. All you have to do is keep an eye out when you next visit the coast during the summer months and, if you happen to see a Basking Shark, submit your sightings and photographs to us.
Basking Shark Project

  Blue Shark © Linda Pitkin.  

Shark Sightings Database

Our Sightings Database allows individuals to record their shark sightings online. The aim of the project is to generate important data for researchers and conservationists working with sharks, skates and rays around the world. So if you’re lucky enough to spot a shark do let us know.
Shark Sightings Database

  Shark Angling © David Cook.  

Angler Recording Project

We are working closely with recreational anglers, especially in the southwest and north Wales, who have committed to recording their catches. This will enable us to improve our understanding on the population & morphological dynamics of British sharks, skates & rays.
Angler Recording Project

  Thornback Ray © David Cook.  

Thornback Ray Project

The Shark Trust and National Museums Liverpool have initiated a tagging programme with local anglers to investigate the population structure of Thornback Rays. The findings of this study will have implications for the management and conservation of this species in North Wales and the Liverpool Bay area.
Thornback Ray Project

  Whale Shark © Alessio Viora, Marine Photobank.  

Whale Shark Project

Conservation through awareness is a key objective of the Shark Trust and we have developed a vast array of resources for teachers and marine educators - from curriculum-linked work sheets and picture cards to number and word puzzles, educational games and creative activities.
Whale Shark Project

  White Shark Jaws © Natural History Museum.  

Education & Resources

Conservation through awareness is a key objective of the Shark Trust and we have developed a vast array of resources for teachers and marine educators - from curriculum-linked work sheets and picture cards to number and word puzzles, educational games and creative activities.
Education & Resources

  Oceanic Whitetip Shark © Karoly Szabo.  

Shark Policy

The Shark Trust is an effective advocate for sustainable shark management and works with stake holders and Ministers at a UK and European level. The Trust contributes to a number of government level working groups and has worked hard to develop a solid reputation for the provision of fact-based information.
Shark Policy