Sharks have inhabited the world’s oceans for over 400 million years but, within only a few decades, humanity has put many species at risk, and driven others to extinction. It is estimated that 73 million sharks are killed every year as a result of bycatch and the vast international demand for shark fins for soup.
As apex predators, sharks maintain the balance of the marine ecosystem and play a critical role in our oceans. Their disappearance could have devastating effects throughout the marine environment.
Established in 1997, the Shark Trust is the UK registered charity which works to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks, skates and rays through science, education, influence and action.
The Trust is led by a board of Trustees who oversee a small dedicated team, who are further supported by a voluntary Scientific Committee, and a growing number of supporters and volunteers.