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

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Shark sanctuary established for Bonaire and Saba! (Dutch only)

Vandaag is bekend geworden dat de Nederlandse regering op verzoek van de eilanden een haaienreservaat zal instellen in de wateren rond Saba en Bonaire. Tijdens het bezoek van staatssecretaris Dijksma aan deze eilanden heeft zij aangekondigd dat Nederland zich sterk zal maken voor het behoud van deze haaien. Lokale natuurorganisaties hebben enthousiast gereageerd. Het is […] Lees verder

Official start of Save Our Sharks campaign in the Netherlands (Dutch only)

Vandaag werd in het Oceanium van Diergaarde Blijdorp het startsein gegeven voor Save our Sharks. In deze ambitieuze campagne staat de komende drie jaar de bescherming van haaien voorop. Doel is de bedreigde haaienpopulatie rond Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius en St. Maarten weer te laten floreren. Achtergrond Wereldwijd worden haaien bedreigd door overbevissing […] 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