Many shark populations are in a state of decline. Some countries have implemented policies that aim to protect sharks, and the details of these strategies vary widely.
There is currently no synthesis of what strategies are in place or how they work in practice. To fill this gap, we have developed an online questionnaire to gather the observations and opinions of people working and playing near the ocean around the world.
If you consider yourself to be experienced and knowledgeable about an ocean area (i.e., a country), please take 10 minutes to contribute to this effort by completing the survey. The questions are designed for most marine explorers, including scuba divers, fishers, snorkelers, kayakers, paddleboarders, surfers and beach walkers, even those that have never seen a shark alive in the wild.
For an area to qualify for this study, at least 10 completed responses are needed from each country. If you know other experienced and knowledgeable marine explorers that could provide valuable information, please share this ‘call to action’ and survey link.
If you know people that are not 'online' and would provide valuable information, especially those fishing or diving in the 1990's or earlier, it would be great if you could help them fill out the survey (in person/by phone).