European Shark Week 2009

Predator Turned Prey - Turning the Tide for Sharks

The biggest splash recorded sent ripples across Europe from the 10-18 October, as people united in celebration of European Shark Week 2009! 

An exciting array of events and activities ensured an action packed week and demonstrated a deep commitment by all those involved in helping to spread the word about shark conservation. In the UK, enthusiastic eggcase hunters searched the shores of Sussex; a group of artists plunged into the mysterious depths of our oceans to give us ‘Metamarine’ an art exhibition held in Bristol; a giant shark drawing materialised in Hull and participants in Scotland were thrilled as they came face to face with baby sharks and rays. There were shark quizzes, talks and trails, feeding demonstrations, shark art and competitions, as well as the opportunity to sign the European Shark Week petition to call on Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero to help improve European shark finning legislation.

More than 12,000 people signed the petition, urging Spain to end its opposition to improving the EU ban on shark finning and lead the EU towards more effective regulation. These were handed over to the Spanish authorities in January 2010 - find out more.

Shark Trust support stretched way beyond the UK with Camel Divers in Egypt running activities including a shark fact pub quiz. Over on Kuredu Island in the Maldives Prodivers staff and guests launched Shark and Ray Week with island wide activities, speciality shark dives and training courses.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all those aquariums, dive clubs, conservation organisations and individuals for their fantastic support throughout the event.

Related Links:

Community Plan of Action for Sharks

Stop Shark Finning Campaign