Professional Societies

The Save Our Seas Foundation is supporting and promoting meetings of scientists, conservationists, educators and the public to share and collaborate on information and conservation strategies. We are supporting the main regional and international conferences with student travel grants, specific workshop sponsorships, and keynote speaker travel support.We encourage you to become active members of one of these regional organisations.


There are quite a few other national and regional elasmobranch societies. Take a look at the links and logos on the Shark References website and on the EEA website for European countries.

Regional societies

  • American Elasmobranch Society (AES) | The American Elasmobranch Society is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the scientific study of living and fossil sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras, and the promotion of education, conservation, and wise utilization of natural resources.
  • European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) | The European Elasmobranch Association is not a public membership body, but an association of national organisations within Europe and the North-east Atlantic, some of these are scientific bodies, others are public membership organisations. EEA member bodies take turns to host the annual scientific meeting.
  • Oceania Chondrichthyan Society Inc. (OCS) | The Oceania Chondrichthyan Society was founded in 2005 and is a joint venture between Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands to promote and facilitate education, conservation and scientific study of chondrichthyan fish.
  • Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium (SASRS) | The Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium is a biennial meeting of the academic community of Southern Africa who are currently conducting research on these taxa.


  • Sharks International (SI)