Sharks need our help!

Save Our Sharks is a project headed by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance aimed at the protection of sharks in Dutch Caribbean waters. The campaign focuses on finding fitting solutions to protect declining shark populations by performing scientific research, communicating with politicians and fishermen, and educating the public, both on the islands and in the Netherlands. Save Our Sharks is financed by the Dutch Postcode Lottery. Read more

Our latest news

More sharks protected through CITES

Great news from Johannesburg, South Africa, where this afternoon thirteen species were added to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora). The new protection status of silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis), three species of thresher shark (Alopias spp.), and nine species of devil rays (Mobula spp.) requires all participating countries […] Lees verder

Shark conservation 101

Whenever we talk about shark conservation, we often mention how sharks are important to maintain the balance of the marine ecosystem and that they’re threatened by fisheries and the loss of suitable habitat offering ample resources and a safe place to reproduce. This is basic information that everybody should learn. But I realize that not everybody […] Lees verder


The islands of the Dutch Caribbean are home to an array of large shark species, such as whale sharks, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, hammerheads, and eagle rays. The number of sharks around the islands has strongly declined over the past decades and many species are now threatened with extinction. This is mainly due to overfishing and the loss of essential habitat. Sharks are an important contributor to the ecosystem and important to the local community as a tourism asset. Of the 33 species living in the Dutch Caribbean a third is categorized by the IUCN as vulnerable to extinction, another third is near threatened, and four species are already (critically) endangered with extinction. It is our responsibility to act upon this problem. Read more

  • Our sharks

    Sharks are an important contributor to the ecosystem, and they are threatened on a global scale by human activity. Together, we can assure the conservation of these species for the future. Read more

  • The islands


    The Dutch Caribbean islands are remote, tiny and divided into two distinct groups which are separated by more than 900 km of open water. Their natural heritage is rich and diverse, making them a ‘hotspot’ for biodiversity. Read more

  • Shark Week

    To highlight to the community the importance of sharks, we host an annual Dutch Caribbean shark week, a week of events, on six Caribbean islands, as well as in the Netherlands. Read more