Shark Alliance
The Shark Alliance is a global not-for-profit coalition founded in 2006 of non-governmental organizations dedicated to restoring and conserving shark
Sharks are a type of fish with a full cartilaginous skeleton and a highly streamlined body. The earliest known sharks date from more than 420 million years ago....

 populations by improving shark conservation policies.

The mission of the Shark Alliance is to secure the following:
  • Shark fishing limits in line with scientific advice and the precautionary approach, including stronger policies to prevent shark finning
  • Safeguards and conservation guidance for sharks through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
  • A United Nations Resolution that includes ambitious timelines for implementation of the International Plan of Action for Sharks and lays out consequences for inaction

The Shark Alliance was initiated and is coordinated by the Pew Environment Group, the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-government organization that is working to end overfishing in the world's oceans.

Shark Week

To raise public awareness about the dramatic decline of shark species and Europe’s role in the process, the Shark Alliance proclaimed 8–14 October 2007 to be the first European Shark Week. Using the slogan 'Every Fin Counts!' members of the public were asked to take part in events and sign a petition
A petition is a request to do something, most commonly addressed to a government official or public entity. Petitions to a deity are a form of prayer....

 asking the fisheries commission of the EU
Directorate-General for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (European Commission)
The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries or DG MARE is a Directorate-General of the European Commission, responsible for the policy area of fisheries, the Law of the Sea and Maritime Affairs of the European Union.- Mission :...

 for better regulation to protect sharks. During European Shark Week over 100 events were organised around Europe by Shark Alliance members. At the end of the campaign, over 20,000 signatures were presented to the fisheries commission.

In 2010, the Shark Alliance's Shark Week expanded beyond Europe to include North and South America to raise public awareness around the globe. Eventually, the Shark Alliance's Shark Week will include every region, reaching additional countries every year.

Member Groups

As of May 2010 the Shark Alliance consists of 85 NGOs from over 35 different countries:

External links

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