Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization committed to raising public awareness of white sharks. AWSC supports scientific research, improves public safety, and educates the community, to inspire conservation of white sharks in the Atlantic.
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is a nonprofit,tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Why Sharks? As an apex predator, white sharks play a critical role in keeping our marine ecosystem healthy. As white shark and other shark species disappear, predator-prey balance becomes disrupted, compromising the health of the world's oceans and negatively impacting other marine species. As the majority of the oxygen humans breathe comes from the oceans, our own health becomes imperiled when our oceans are unhealthy.
Why Now? The world's shark population is experiencing significant decline. White sharks are currently under review in California to be added to the Endangered Species List. In Massachusetts, scientists now have rare access to white sharks, providing the ability to track local and long range movements, study behavior and biology, and begin a population estimate. Without knowing how many white sharks there are in the Western North Atlantic or what threats they face, the time to act is now!