Teaching guide

“Sharks: Teachers Handbook” is an 90 page workbook by Save Our Seas Foundation that features teaching guides and activity sheets.

Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a suite of shark related activities, games and fact sheets.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration SeaGrant program provides lesson plans for units on sharks, skates and rays.

SeaWorld Adventure Parks offers educational guides (K-3 and 4-8)

New England Aquarium provides a breathe of information for students and educators


Marine Reserves

“Galapagos marine Area (MMA) Socioeconomic and Governance Assessment” is a report by Universidad San Francisco available on the Science-2-Action website. The 127 page report reviews fishing and tourism in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

“Economic Incentives for Marine Conservation” is a 36 page publication by the Science-to-Action partnership that focuses on economic/behavioral incentives and different types of marine reserves. They include a case study on a 2008 effort in Ecuador.

“Ecological Effects of Marine Managed Areas” is a policy brief published by  Science-to-Action.


Shark finning features a list of all current internet petitions to protect sharks and demand a ban on shark finning. includes an article and visual graphic looking at how many sharks are caught each year and how these statistics are estimated.



Sharkwater is a documentary by Rob Stewart. “Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.”



Mote Marine Laboratory Center for Shark Research

Pelagic Shark Research Foundation



Explore information from the Coral Reef Alliance about safe diving practices.

Conservation International provides information on responsible travel, including their efforts working with The Galápagos Trust Fund working to promote ecologically sound tourism in the Galápagos.

Reef Check offers EcoExpeditions and volunteer opportunities for divers to get involved in conservation and science.

UnderSea Hunter offers dive trips to the CoCos Islands, dive mecca for shark sightings.

Project AWARE offers resources specifically designed for divers of all levels.



Marine Photobank features hundreds of images of sharks for free noncommercial use.

National Geographic offers a stunning array of shark pictures.

Elasmodivers has a library of shark images available for commercial use.



U.N. Food and Agriculture Fisheries and Aquaculture is responsible for the international monitoring and management of shark species

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is an inter-governmental fishery organization responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas, including sharks.

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS or Bonn Convention) aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an international treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature Shark Specialist Group works on shark science and policy interests.


Shark News 

Blogger WhySharksMatter reports shark related news on SouthernFriedScience.

Beyond Blue publishes a free online periodic newsletter on marine conservation issues.

UnderWater Times archives shark stories collected over time.

Discovery News archives shark stories collected over time.


Shark Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

Oceans Research offers a variety of opportunities for individuals to get hands on experience working with sharks.