The Shark Conservation Fund (SCF) distributes grants, aiming to end the global overexploitation of sharks and rays. Using sharks and rays as flagship species, the fund’s mission is to protect the health of the oceans by maintaining their function. Four key objectives underpin a strategy to achieve systematic change in shark and ray management:
Through its philanthropic collaborations, the SCF wants to prevent species extinctions, reverse population declines and restore population numbers by means of policy, outreach, advocacy, science and monitoring.
I am the executive director of the Shark Conservation Fund, a collaboration of philanthropists dedicated to solving the global shark and ray crisis. The fund aims to halt the overexploitation of the world’s sharks and rays, prevent extinctions and restore endangered species through the strategic and catalytic awarding of grants. Before joining the Shark Conservation Fund I spent 20 years working on fisheries management at state, federal and international levels with the US government and the non-profit sector. Most recently I was the director of US Oceans for The Pew Charitable Trusts, where I led Pew’s efforts to establish...
To maintain the vibrancy of the world’s oceans by halting the overexploitation of sharks and rays and to prevent extinctions by awarding strategic, collaborative and catalytic grants.
Sharks and rays make up the second most threatened group of vertebrates in the world. Given the integral role they play in ocean ecosystems, the health of shark and ray populations is closely linked to ocean health. The Shark Conservation Fund seeks to preserve the vitality of the world’s oceans by supporting efforts to halt the overexploitation of sharks and rays and to prevent extinctions.
As key ocean predators, sharks and rays are essential to the health of marine ecosystems and any depletion in their populations threatens that health and jeopardises the livelihoods of people around the world. Approximately 100 million sharks are killed annually and 37% of all shark and ray species are facing extinction. Unsustainable fishing (fuelled by increasing demand for shark products, especially fins and meat) and poorly controlled trade have led to a 90% decline in some shark and ray populations worldwide. Conservation and management in most parts of the world cannot keep pace with these threats.
The Shark Conservation Fund, a collaboration of philanthropists established in 2016, is dedicated to restoring ocean health by means of sweeping shark and ray conservation endeavours. Its goal is to help maintain the vitality of the world’s oceans by bringing to an end the overexploitation of sharks and rays, preventing extinctions, reversing declines and restoring populations; its methods are policy development, outreach and advocacy, science, communication, capacity building and monitoring. To achieve comprehensive changes in shark and ray management on a transformative scale, the fund leverages its strategy to attain four major goals.
To develop long-term solutions for coral reef management, we have to understand the threats to coral reefs, such as rising sea temperatures. Elena will survey the reefs in D’Arros and St Joseph in the Seychelles, comparing this year’s findings to previous data.
Marine protected areas (MPAs) are only effective if the species you want to safeguard stays within its borders. Evan will assess factors such as movement, energy use, and prey availability to understand if and how these factors govern the home range size of sharks, ultimately improving the design of MPAs.