Sharks need our help!

Save Our Sharks is aimed at the protection of sharks in the entire Dutch Kingdom. By performing scientific research, communicating with politicians and fishermen, and educating the public, we aim to protect declining shark populations both on the Dutch Caribbean islands and in the Netherlands. Read more

Our latest news

A Makubekèn about sharks

On Bonaire, the April edition of the quarterly paper Makubekèn is out and this time, it is all about sharks! The new issue contains numerous local news stories, editorials, fun shark games, and looks back to last year’s Bonaire Shark Week. Makubekèn is an old Papiamento word meaning announcement in English. In the old days […] Lees verder

Caribbean camera research

One of the research objectives around the Dutch Caribbean islands is to figure out how sharks move around, and for what purposes they use the area. And equally urgent is to officially determine what species actually occur around the islands. Because of the lacking historical data on the diversity, and relative abundance of species, there […] 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. And the North Sea inhabits multiple shark and ray species. Sharks are very vulnerable to overfishing and the loss of essential habitat, but they are an important contributor to the marine ecosystem and can be important to the local community as a tourism asset. One-quarter of shark species is threatened with extinction globally. 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 Kingdom


    The Dutch Kingdom consists of the Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean islands, whose natural heritage is rich and diverse, with several hotspots for biodiversity. Read more

  • Shark Week

    To highlight to the community the importance of sharks, we organized Dutch Caribbean Shark Week from 2015-2018, a week of events, happening simultaneously on six Caribbean islands, as well as in the Netherlands. Read more