OUR MISSION

Support scientific research, improve public safety, and educate the community, to inspire conservation of Atlantic white sharks.


OUR WORK IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

2013 (our first year)

RESEARCH

*Contributed to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries 'Movements of White Sharks in the Atlantic Ocean' study.

  • Purchased ten acoustic tags.
  • Purchased a dedicated computer to download and analyze receiver data.
  • Funded tagging vessel expenses on 75% of research trips.
  • Funded all spotter plane expenses.

RESULTS

  • Two white sharks tagged.
  • Two tissue samples taken.

EDUCATION

*Developed a 'Shark Education Kit' that was incorporated into multiple organization's summer camp programs.

*Presented to over 500 students and adults about sharks and shark research.

*Funded 5 scholarships for children to attend Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and Mass Audubon week-long summer camps.

PUBLIC SAFETY

*Worked with the Shark Working Group (Cape Cod National Seashore, the towns of Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Shore, and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries) to produce shark advisory signs for beaches and safety brochures for beach users.

 

 

 White shark tagged with an acoustic tag by the Massachusetts Shark Research Program.  Research trip and tag paid for by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

White shark tagged with an acoustic tag by the Massachusetts Shark Research Program.  Research trip and tag paid for by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

 Thank you note from a child who attended Mass Audubon camp through our scholarship program.

Thank you note from a child who attended Mass Audubon camp through our scholarship program.


2014 - 2017

RESEARCH

*Contributed to Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries 'Local and Regional Population Estimates of the White Shark' and 'Movements of White Sharks in the Atlantic Ocean' studies.

  • Funded receiver array expansion.
  • Funded all spotter plane expenses.
  • Provided vessel, captain, and volunteers on all research trips.

RESULTS

  • Over 90 white sharks tagged
  • 14 tissue samples taken
  • 300+ white sharks ID'd

EDUCATION

*Launched an education initiative, the Gills Club, to jumpstart girls' interest in STEM subjects and connect them to the science behind shark research.

*Ran week-long shark camps and provided scholarships for low-income children to attend. 

*Opened the AWSC's Chatham Shark Center to educate the public about shark research and conservation.

RESULTS

  • Over 25,000 children and adults have learned about shark research and conservation through our school programs, public talks, and at our Shark Center
  • We are inspiring ocean advocates! Read more HERE.

PUBLIC SAFETY

*Worked with the Shark Working Group (Cape Cod National Seashore, the towns of Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Shore, and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries) to produce new signs and flags, a safety video, and the Sharktivity App.

 Dr. Greg Skomal tagged a white shark off the coast of Cape Cod.

Dr. Greg Skomal tagged a white shark off the coast of Cape Cod.

 Gills Club co-founder, Dr. Heather Marshall walking members through a dogfish dissection at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.

Gills Club co-founder, Dr. Heather Marshall walking members through a dogfish dissection at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.


 Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.