The Shark Conservation Society seeks to further conservation through research expeditions and campaigns based on fact and practical experience, and to promote best practice when interaction with sharks is necessary.
Since 2003 the Society's forerunner, Richard Peirce Shark Conservation (RPSC), has run a number of expeditions all of which have achieved significant successes in securing real conservation measures.
We would like to draw all members attention to a campaign to ban shark fins soup from all government related events in Singapore. The campaign is collecting pledges and you can go online at Campaign.com/FINishedwithFINs to sign up.
Following research and proposals submitted by SCS, the Qatar government in 2010 issued a decree giving total protection for the Green Sawfish in Qatari waters.
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The Shark Conservation Society was launched with the single aim of achieving provable and effective shark conservation actions.
We were successful, and everything we did resulted in proven conservation gains, and we were always able to show what we had delivered.
We were not a registered charity, didn’t have any funding, didn’t obey the rules, and stayed outside the mainstream. What we had was enthusiasm, dedication, and volunteers keen to do something that would make a difference. Perhaps this is why our tiny society achieved so much with so little.
Our 18 expeditions resulted in an impressive list of solid achievements. Sadly in today’s world enterprise and adventure are being stifled by bureaucracy, Health & Safety, Risk Assessment and insurance conditions! The Society and its volunteers would like to get back to work but need to raise £5,000 a year to cover insurance premiums, or they have to be passed onto volunteers which is simply not an option. If anyone is aware of someone with deep pockets ready to fund the insurance which will lead to the resumption of expeditions, we would be grateful for the contact.
SCS is a small volunteer run Society which has achieved an enviable record of conservation and research wins. The world today is obsessed with everything needing to be safe. A small adventure group of shark enthusiasts (SCS) simply can't afford the legal, insurance and administrative back-up which would guard against any risks of SCS having to pay out in the event of a claim or a legal action. The cost of our expeditions would have to double or treble!
When I read last year that a BBC film crew had to do a 'risk assessment' before filming a group of Morris dancers it brought home to me just how pathetic the world has become, we all know how dangerous knotted hankies can be! Today's adventurer who wants to be safe must wrap him/her self in cotton wool, go to bed and watch TV.
The directors of the Society are currently studying this problem searching for a way for our expeditions to be able to continue. It is with great regret therefore we have to announce that until this process has been completed, and a way forward found, we will have to suspend expeditions.
To our loyal supporters and past volunteers the message is 'We are not going away, won't lie down, and will find a way at going on, even if it involves all volunteers having to buy shares in cotton wool and avoid Morris dancers'! More to follow.