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

Shark tagging in Dutch waters

Recently, the St Maarten Nature Foundation initiated a program tagging sharks in the marine park. The research is aimed at better understanding the biological characteristics of sharks in St. Maarten waters including population structure, abundance and migration. In the Dutch Oosterschelde estuary, sharks are being tagged for several years within a project by Sportvisserij Nederland. […] Lees verder

Half of Dutch people swim with sharks without their knowledge

Sharks are often viewed as life-threatening creatures. And without justification, because there are only about 60 sharks encounters every year, less than 10 of which are lethal. This is much fewer than the mosquito, hippopotamus, or even the cow. The media tends to highlight the rare attacks, and the suite of horrifying Hollywood blockbusters portraying sharks as […] 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