Shark Conservation Projects

Become a shark conservation volunteer with The Great Projects, and come face to face with the ocean's most feared and revered predator.

Starting with our project in South Africa, the Great White Shark is one of the planet's most formidable predators. At up to six metres in length at their largest and over 2000 kilograms at their heaviest; it's easy to see why people are intimidated. Many media publications or films (Spielberg's 'Jaws' for example) have run with this pre-disposition - it's no wonder, then, that sharks sit at the top of many people's 'most feared' lists. A shame, as in reality, Great Whites rarely attack humans.

Elsewhere, you can take part in shark research and conservation in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The waters here are home to a number of fascinating shark species, from the famous bull-sharks and hammerheads, to the graceful and amiable whale sharks. Baja California Sur is world-renowned for its abundant wildlife, with sharks of course being the stars of the show...but past human activity has meant that this species has had to face severe threats.

It's really important to note that for every human killed by a shark (on which the average figure is 12 per annum); around 8.5 million sharks are killed in the same time span. Shockingly, it is estimated that 100 million sharks are killed every year – victims of the shark fin trade, long line fishing nets, shark protection nets and trophy hunting.

What better way to help shark research and ultimately conserve this magnificent predator than on a fantastic conservation project. As a volunteer on a Great White Shark Conservation Project, you will get to assist on field research data collection and learn basic seamanship and boat skills, and of course you will have ample opportunities to go great white shark cage diving! Otherwise, the Shark Research And Conservation Project in Mexico provides volunteers with the ability to work towards developing a long-term monitoring program of shark populations in Baja California Sur, while raising awareness of important conservation efforts and contributing towards the strategies necessary for sustainable shark-diving activities. No matter which of our shark conservation projects you choose, your efforts will contribute towards the greater good of this misunderstood species.

Sharks at a glance

ENDANGERED STATUS
Vulnerable
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
Varies across species - around 3,200 Great Whites remain
ENDEMIC REGION
In waters all around the globe

How endangered are sharks

Shark numbers are decreasing, and with numbers already being so low this has the potential to tip the scales, and they could soon become officially endangered. Due to the vastness of the world’s oceans, it is difficult to get a firm grasp on shark numbers, but what we do know is that unless a change is made and it is made soon, numbers will continue to fall until the point where a reverse is simply impossible. We need to act now to ensure these beasts are still here for generations to come, and working with sharks is just one way to help.

Threats sharks are facing

You will not be surprised to hear that the biggest threat to the shark population is man, and some of the most prominent issues they are facing are:

  • Finning – This barbaric process involves catching the shark and removing its fin whilst it is still alive before throwing it back into the sea. The shark will most likely suffer agonisingly before it eventually dies.
  • Bycatch – Attracted by the mass of prey, sharks are often killed when they are caught up in the nets of commercial fishing operations, and this is referred to as bycatch as they are not the intended target of the nets.
Fast Facts
  • Sharks kill 12 people per year, while people kill 11,417 sharks per hour.
  • Sharks can grow a new set of teeth in 8 days!
  • You are more likely to die from a falling coconut than from a shark attack.

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Where you can go
Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 9BX
United Kingdom
Opening hours: 9am–5pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987

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