Floridians have been fighting to expose shore-based shark fishing for years. Sharks are injured, dead sharks wash ashore, and some are found out at sea, all with wounds indicative of shore-based shark fishing. Scientists, divers, and other organizations have long fought to regulate this "sport" more strictly or ban it altogether. Our organization works hard to effect change in the area of shark protection. We tackle issues that pose a significant threat to the vitality and longevity of sharks and offer an innovative, collaborative, science-based approach to the problems that endanger them.
During our Save Florida Sharks campaign, we worked collectively with other groups and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to find a solution that addressed the negative impacts of shore-based shark fishing. In a historic decision on 2/20/2019, the FWC unanimously voted to put in new regulations to protect beachgoers and sharks. The new rules went into effect on July 1, 2019.
We need your help to make sure shore-based shark fishers are following the law. Individual organizations and agencies do not have the workforce to oversee the vast treks of coastal terrain in Florida. The goal is a statewide cooperative process to safeguard sharks and beachgoers. Community engagement and public education are what it will take to protect sharks and ensure that the new laws are being followed and enforced.
Shark Watch provides citizens with the opportunity to actively participate in the conservation of Florida sharks. Together we can protect sharks and exposing illegal shark fishing.
With the intention of protecting our ecosystems and conserving them for future generations, Saving Our Sharks was created in June 2010, with the main objective of studying and conserving sharks, as well as protecting aquatic flora and fauna.
Sharks are the guardians of the ocean and they need our help. They take care of a system that is so vital to our quality of life and, ultimately, to our survival. Humanity has not been good to sharks, but we can change that now.
WildlifeVOICE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit gives a voice to the decreasing populations of animals and plants! WildlifeVOICE’s utilizes education, outreach, and scientific research to inspire change.