Fishing Boats © John Surrick, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Marine Photobank.

The primary threat to the vast majority of shark species is the impact of overfishing. This is driven by absent or ineffective fisheries management. For this reason, we commit the majority of our efforts on transforming fisheries.

Our work involves high level advocacy and campaigning for positive change. It also involves forming productive working relationships with the fishing industry. And supporting the fisheries enforcement agencies.

Different species face different fishing pressures and also respond differently. The application of fisheries science and the availability of quality data is key. A better understanding of species and what is being fished is vital to effective management.

Many of our projects and campaigns revolve around the need to get better information. With better information we can:

  • Advocate for change
  • Help shape the research agenda
  • Push ever harder for science-based management of shark fisheries

Ensuring long-term sustainability for sharks and communities that rely on fishing.


Shark Fins © Jessica King, Marine Photobank.  


Shark finning is the process of cutting off the fins of a shark and discarding the body, often still alive, at sea. This wasteful and often cruel practice contradicts all principles of sustainable shark fisheries management and conservation.

Stop Shark Finning

No Limits? Campaign Logo.  


Many shark species have no catch limits, so can be fished infinitely. Landings have soared over the past decade, placing huge pressure on shark populations. In most need are our No Limits? sharks; Blue Sharks, Shortfin Mako, Tope, smoothhounds and catsharks.

No Limits? Campaign

Shark League Logo.  


We've joined forces with Shark Advocates International, Project Aware and Ecology Action to form the Shark League. The Shark League is focused on safeguarding sharks through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs).

Find out more about Shark League

Spiny Dogfish © Lill Haugen.  


The seas around the UK are home to over 70 species of shark, skate and ray. A very small number of these are currently fished at sustainable levels. For some species, well managed fisheries could be the key to a sustainable future.

Sustainable Fisheries

Fisheries Advisories Graphic.  


Every year we work with the UK government department Defra to produce and distribute Commercial Fisheries Advisories. Designed to help the commercial fishing industry and fisheries management agencies. They provide rapid access to the current legislative status of sharks, skates and rays in UK, EU and international waters.

Download Fisheries Advisories


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Citizen Science

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