Not just Shark
Pictures: Elasmodiver contains photos of sharks, skates, rays, and
chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web
based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to
encounter the different species of sharks and rays that live in
shallow water but it has slowly evolved into a much larger project
containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark
There are now
more than 5000 shark pictures and sections on shark evolution,
biology, and conservation. There is a large library of reviewed
shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a monster
list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are numerous
articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is now so
difficult to check for updates, that new information and pictures
are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be accessed here:
created the Alaska Shark Assessment Program in response to many reports, mostly
from fishermen, that sharks abundances in the north Pacific Ocean are at the
highest levels ever observed. Hosted by the
Conservation Science Institute.
The BBFS Sharklab is a
world famous facility owned and operated by renowned shark biologist, Dr. Samuel
H. Gruber. The Sharklab is dedicated to the research and conservation of sharks,
and the ecosystems in which they are a part of.
The GEERG website contains in-depth information and exclusive
footage of the Greenland shark as well as other species inhabiting Canadian
waters. GEERG has repeatedly managed to locate this elusive species and compile
valuable information that will hopefully lead to a greater understanding of its
habits and vulnerability.
involve NMFS-related research activities required for assessing the status of
shark stocks, managing U.S. shark fisheries, and helping the U.S. take the
leading role in worldwide conservation and management of shark populations.
The PSRC at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
conducts both basic and applied scientific research on the biology of Pacific
Ocean chondrichthyans, serves as a resource center for scientific information on
sharks to public policy makers, and participates in collaborative research on
national and international issues involving shark, ray, and chimaera biology.
PSRF is primarily
involved in gathering data on sharks that occur in and around Monterey Bay and
San Francisco Bay. Besides providing tagging data important for assessing the
abundance, distribution and migratory patterns of sharks, PSRF is researching
and contributing to research which documents their behavior, biology and
One of the most comprehensive shark sites on the
internet. ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research is dedicated to shark and ray
conservation through its scientific research and public education programs. The
Centre maintains research equipment and facilities, reference collections of
fossil and extant elasmobranch specimens, a scientific library, elasmobranch
databases, and public education materials. ReefQuest data collection
centres around seal island in South Africa wher they maintain an ongoing white
shark tagging and research program.
(SSG) and its regional shark specialist groups
are composed of elasmobranch specialists willing to donate their time in
identifying the problems associated with the maintenance of elasmobranch stocks
in their regions. They also propose recommendations regarding fishing quotas and CITIES
The Shark Research Committee's
primary goal was to assist the International Shark Attack File (ISAF) in
documenting shark attacks from the Pacific Coast of North America. Broadened to
include conducting original research on the general biology, behavior and
ecology of sharks indigenous to waters off the Pacific Coast of North America,
with particular emphasis on potentially dangerous species.
Promotes conservation and awareness
and conducts expedition based research on various shark species. Maintains a
tagging program in Utila to study whalesharks, in which sport divers are invited
Website of Shark Researcher Neil Hammerschlag. Neil's website is designed to
encourage dialog between researchers, students and educators, the media,
conservationists, and shark junkies. It contains information on research
programs that he and others are involved in, conservation information, and a
gallery of Neil's shark photographs.
The International Shark Attack File headed by George Burgess. Contains
archival information on all reported attacks and useful insights into how to
avoid attack. The attack analysis is a very useful tool.
An international organization that studies shark populations and
works with shark fishermen to promote sustainable practices. Instrumental in
limiting catch quotas in Mexico. The creators of the Adopt a Shark Program -
responsible for the compilation of the red list; an index of threatened species
currently including over 12000 species! An extract from the list
showing the elasmobranchs that have been included is available
Defenders of the oceans. Captain Paul Watson's
organization dedicated to stopping illegal fishing. Sea Shepherd has a ship
stationed in the Pacific, specifically commissioned with the job of disrupting
the illegal longline fishing of sharks off the islands of the Galapagos and
Cocos Island. Please lend your support.
Offers trips to see Great White Sharks up close in their natural
environment in two locations: The largest White Sharks in the world at the
Farallon Islands, and Isla de Guadalupe where the water is crystal clear and GWA
has a 100% success record.
Abernethy runs high quality charters to the outer reefs of the Bahamas
in search of Great Hammerheads and Tiger sharks. Their trips are the best in the
world for outside the cage action with big sharks. Also included on many of
their trips is the chance to see Bull, Lemon, Dusky, Caribbean Reef, Silky, and
Nurse Sharks. Highly recommended