Sharks need our help!

Save Our Sharks is a project aimed at the protection of sharks in the Dutch Kingdom. The project 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. Read more

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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. 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. Its 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