BlueShark is a Belgian not-for-profit (facto) organization focusing on ocean and shark conservation, using well directed projects and photography to raise awareness and promote change. BlueShark initiates grassroots projects and aims to be of assistance and to cooperate with national and international NGO’s during their ocean or shark conservation campaigns. BlueShark also raises awareness by donating photographic materials, publishing articles and hosting shark conservation talks and lessons.
The name BlueShark was chosen in honor of the mysterious and beautiful blue shark species, which is arguably the species most affected by the shark fin trade. The blue shark used to be the most abundant large shark species in our oceans and while they are currently not the most endangered, their numbers have declined dramatically. The blue shark is the most harvested shark species within the European Union. No less than 80% of all sharks landed in the EU are blue sharks. They are also a major bycatch species for long lining and driftnet fisheries and as their meat is not very tasteful, they often become the victim of “shark finning”.