Most sharks serve as top predators at the pinnacle of the marine food pyramid, and so play a critical role in ocean ecosystems. Directly or indirectly they regulate the natural balance of these ecosystems, at all levels, and so are an integral part of them. As they usually hunt older, weaker or sick prey, they also help to keep the prey population in good condition, healthy and strong animals are more able to reproduce and pass on their genes. The effects of removing sharks from the ocean ecosystems, although complex and rather unpredictable, are likely to be ecologically and economically damaging.
Below are just a few websites we feel are playing an important role in the conservation of sharks in the 21st century. Please take the time to have a look at the following websites and give your support by signing up to their respective newsletters and relevant petitions.
Use the following quick links to find the resources you
Use the following quick links to find the resources you require:
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Shark Research Links
Alaska Shark Assessment
Bruce Wright created the Alaska Shark Assessment Program in response to many reports, mostly from fishermen, that sharks abundances in the north Pacific Ocean are at the highest levels ever observed. Hosted by the Conservation Science Institute.
American Elasmobranch Society
Dedicated to the scientific study of sharks, rays, and skates.
An informative site dedicated to the study of the sharks of Atlantic Canada.
Cedric Tisserand's site aiming to compile information on conservation, species taxonomy, tagging programs, biology, disease and treatment, and related subjects.
Peter Piermarini's informative research pages describing the processes by which some stingrays have adapted to tolerate a fresh water existence.
The GEERG website contains in-depth information and exclusive footage of the Greenland shark as well as other species inhabiting Canadian waters. GEERG has repeatedly managed to locate this elusive species and compile valuable information that will hopefully lead to a greater understanding of its habits and vulnerability.
The ISAF is a compilation of all known shark attacks that is administered by the American Elasmobranch Society and the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The NSRC projects involve NMFS-related research activities required for assessing the status of shark stocks, managing U.S. shark fisheries, and helping the U.S. take the leading role in worldwide conservation and management of shark populations.
The PSRC at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories conducts both basic and applied scientific research on the biology of Pacific Ocean chondrichthyans, serves as a resource center for scientific information on sharks to public policy makers, and participates in collaborative research on national and international issues involving shark, ray, and chimaera biology.
PSRF is primarily involved in gathering data on sharks that occur in and around Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay. Besides providing tagging data important for assessing the abundance, distribution and migratory patterns of sharks, PSRF is researching and contributing to research which documents their behavior, biology and ecology.
One of the most comprehensive shark sites on the internet. ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research is dedicated to shark and ray conservation through its scientific research and public education programs. The Centre maintains research equipment and facilities, reference collections of fossil and extant elasmobranch specimens, a scientific library, elasmobranch databases, and public education materials. ReefQuest data collection centres around seal island in South Africa wher they maintain an ongoing white shark tagging and research program.
(SSG) and its regional shark specialist groups are composed of elasmobranch specialists willing to donate their time in identifying the problems associated with the maintenance of elasmobranch stocks in their regions. They also propose recommendations regarding fishing quotas and CITIES listings.
The Shark Research Committee's primary goal was to assist the International Shark Attack File (ISAF) in documenting shark attacks from the Pacific Coast of North America. Broadened to include conducting original research on the general biology, behavior and ecology of sharks indigenous to waters off the Pacific Coast of North America, with particular emphasis on potentially dangerous species.
Promotes conservation and awareness and conducts expedition based research on various shark species. Maintains a tagging program in Utila to study whalesharks, in which sport divers are invited to participate.
Dedicated to researching the movements and biology of whale sharks in and around the Sea of Cortez.
Good descriptions and pictures to aid in the identification of egg cases.
A huge database containing the most comprehensive list of fish data on the web.
The Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass roots, non profit organization of recreational divers who regularly conduct fish biodiversity and abundance surveys during their dives.
Containing many identification pictures of sharks. Part of the Swiss based Shark Foundation website.
Shark Attack Links
The International Shark Attack File headed by George Burgess. Contains archival information on all reported attacks and useful insights into how to avoid attack. The attack analysis is a very useful tool.
Info on recorded attacks in Australian waters.
Shark Conservation Links
"Bite-Back is about changing the way we regard sharks and encouraging individuals and organizations to stop buying or selling shark meat and fins"
IUCN is responsible for the compilation of the red list; an index of threatened species currently including over 12000 species! An extract from the list showing the elasmobranchs that have been included is available here.
Advocates of wild, healthy oceans. Active in many areas of shark and ray protection.
Founded to actively support the protection and preservation of endangered shark species and their natural surroundings
Dedicated to the fight to save our sharks. Please lend your support.
Campaigning for sharks and endangered creatures everywhere. Please lend your support.
Miscellaneous Shark Links
Learn all you need to know about shark teeth.
Reviews of some very rare and obscure shark books
General shark info from a big shark fan
The shark photography of Wolfgang Leander. Amazing black and white portraits.
As the name might suggest, Shark Facts is a site aimed to educate and inform. It’s their goal to scour the internet for the most accurate and interesting shark information, and display it in a logical and easy to digest manner.
An awesome quarterly magazine specifically for the shark diving enthusiast. Subscribe now! The website contains information on recent shark sightings, upcoming expeditions, and a message forum.
More links to shark related incidents in the news than I've seen anywhere else.
Ocean Resources for Kids
Links for different NOAA related subjects for kids, including ocean explorer, national marine sanctuaries and the Jetstream.
Here you will find many links to ocean resources related to the Caribbean Sea.
An educational link for teachers on Earth’s water and marine life.
All about the water cycle for children. Educating children on Earth’s water.
Comprehensive data and information on earth's water for educators.
The EPA's list of links for kids to learn about earth's water, including exploring estuaries, the wetlands and water drops among others.
Interesting facts about water.
Information about the Dead Sea for children.
The Smithsonian’s Zoological Park’s section on ocean life.
Marine science links for interactive games for kids.
An interesting and informative article on life in deep ocean waters.
Links to different sea creatures, games and videos for kids.
All about the marine ecosystem and life in the different ecosystems.
A short look at the importance of how the food web in the oceans.
Information about water pollution for kids.
All about what ocean pollution is and the different ocean water zones explained for kids.
A comprehensive list of links for kids about pollution and environmental education for kids.
A comprehensive list of links for teachers and students about water and pollution.
A short look at marine biomes for kids.
A short and informative look at how a dolphin is becoming extinct due to pollution.
A comprehensive list of links for teachers and students about all things ocean.
Information for kids from NOAA on climate change and the oceans.
An explanation of global warming and climate change for children.
An informative look at the different physical properties of the ocean.
A comprehensive list of links all about the ocean, ocean life, and physical properties.
A short informative look at how the oceans currents work.
An informative and comprehensive look at the Earth’s oceans from space.
An explanation of saltwater and its properties.
A short look at the ocean topography, including links to related ocean topography pages.
A look at climate change and how it affects us for young children.
Links to articles on the Antarctic, including the environment and stories of the ice.
Have you ever wondered why the oceans are blue and great? Find out more on this website.
Resources relating to marine debris and ocean polution.