Through key partnerships, keystone grants, small grants and emergency funds, we are able to support a diverse range of needs and initiatives in research, conservation and education. In addition to supporting projects all over the world, we have four research and education centres.
What follows is not an exhaustive list, but just some of the many highlights that we are proud to have supported. To see a complete list of our funded projects, visit our Project pages.
This work has identified False Bay, South Africa, as a critical feeding habitat for white sharks and has contributed to the growing body of biological knowledge that informs shark conservation through technical and popular publications and media.
In a bid to reduce the demand for shark-fin soup, two successful campaigns – the co-production of a series of public service announcements and a consumer report, and an Olympic billboard campaign featuring basketball star Yao Ming – have reached hundreds of millions of people.
This work has been key to the recreational diving and tourist industry in the Maldives, and as a direct result the Maldivian government has announced three new marine protected areas for mantas and whale sharks. Baa Atoll has been designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve; a complete ban on fishing for all shark species within Maldivian waters has been introduced; and the export and import of all shark products have been prohibited.
Produced in collaboration with Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, this award-winning film was adapted into a children’s book and education curriculum. The project presented fundamental teaching about how our health and well‐being depend on the ocean environment. The film and its materials have been translated into Japanese and Spanish and are currently being used in Loreto Marine Park’s education programmes.
As a result of this work, Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) have been introduced by the Malaysian Department of Fisheries and there is a better understanding of the dynamics of open-water turtle populations. Feedback has been positive and Nicolas Pilcher has been asked to continue assisting them in training.
This programme is designed to mitigate shark–human interactions by proactively alerting water users to the presence of large sharks. It operates at eight beaches in and around Cape Town and has recorded approximately 1,400 sightings so far, of which 60% resulted in beach closures and directly reduced the potential for shark–human interactions. The programme employs more than 30 people from previously disadvantaged areas.