European Shark Week 2011
Minister dives with sharks © Shark Alliance, Andre Camara.

The fifth, and final, European Shark Week took place from 15 -23 October and was another huge success thanks to the many aquariums, passionate individuals and groups who organised over 150 events in 19 countries across Europe.

Supporters hosted shark classes, colouring competitions, swim-a-thons, shark dives, demonstrations and lectures. Many more of our supporters spread the message online through blogs, Facebook and Twitter, all to encourage as many people as possible to learn about shark conservation and help Make the Push to protect Europe’s sharks by signing the petition.

At least 165,000 supporters, from all 27 EU member states, signed the petition urging MEPs to fulfil the commitments of the EU Shark Action Plan by strengthening the ban on shark finning. In addition, we also received hundreds of photos and many short videos of people taking part in shark week activities and asking their minister to Make the Push.

In March 2012, the Shark Trust met with UK Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon to handover these signatures.

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Related Links:

Community Plan of Action for Sharks

Stop Shark Finning Campaign