Shark Week Partners 2018
This year, Oceana and Discovery are teaming up to help protect vulnerable hammerhead sharks, which are one of the species most threatened by the shark fin trade because of their highly valuable fins. Among all shark species, fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global shark fin trade each year. The fight against this brutal, wasteful practice is also supported by collaborations with major brands that raise money for Oceana’s campaigns and create content to educate fans about why healthy oceans need sharks.
Bahamas National Trust
The BNT is a non-profit entity that oversees the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary. This 630,000-square-kilometer protected reserve prohibits any fishing or harming of sharks. Since its founding in 2011, the BNT continues to promote shark conservation and awareness, while also working with government officials to manage and grow the thriving Bahamian shark-diving industry (which brings in 100+ million dollars a year to their economy).
Shark Allies is a non-profit organization originally established in 2007, dedicated to the protection and conservation of sharks and rays and the ocean realm they live in. Building off of a 2010 legislative win in Hawaii that banned the sale and trade of shark fins (70 million+ sharks are killed every year for their fins), Shark Allies believes if they can get people in the water to observe and learn about sharks, they can inspire people to help influence their governments and raise money to enact change through legislation.
University of Miami Shark Research & Conservation Program
The Shark Research & Conservation Program (SRC) at the University of Miami conducts cutting-edge shark research while also inspiring scientific literacy and environmental ethic in youth through unique hands-on field research experiences. Every year, SRC brings out thousands of people, mostly schoolchildren, on our research boats to survey, sample, tag and study sharks. Opportunities are especially made available for under-served populations in the sciences, such as females through our F.I.N.S. Program. SRC science is centered broadly on the behavioral ecology, conservation biology and movement ecology of sharks. The SRC Team is comprised of University of Miami faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and volunteers. Research faculty advise the graduate students, who then act as mentors to the undergraduate students, who in turn serve as mentors to the participating schoolchildren.
Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Atlanta. The aquarium is the only institution outside of Asia that houses whale sharks, which are kept in a 6.3-million gallon exhibit. While over 24 million people have visited since its opening, the Aquarium has also established itself as a leader in not-for-profit research, education, and conservation. Research conducted in the facility is a vital source of information about whale sharks. The acquired knowledge and techniques also inform their field research, including whale shark studies in Mexico and Indonesia, and a collaboration with Emory University to map out the entire whale shark genome.
Atlantis, Paradise Island
Atlantis, Paradise Island is home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world…encompassing 14 lagoons, eight million gallons of ocean water and more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species.