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Shark Foundation Annual Report for 2006

April 2007
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Shark Exhibit

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  The first Shark Exhibit tour ended in Lucerne on April 17, 2005, after attracting strong interest from an above-average number of visitors in all cities where it was shown.

From mid-April 2005 until October 2006, the exhibit was in storage. As of mid-2006 an arrangement was reached with the German Elasmobranch Association ("Deutsche Elasmobranchier Gesellschaft e.V.", D.E.G.), that gave us the opportunity to exhibit at the Biocenter and Zoological Museum in Hamburg from November 10, 2006, to May 20, 2007.

The contents of the panels were completely updated between May and July 2006, and in October they were reprinted and remounted. The shark scientists Dr. Jürg Brunnschweiler and Lorenz Frick provided us with valuable support for the text revisions.

On November 10 the exhibit reopened in Hamburg simultaneously with the opening of the annual conference of the European Elasmobranch Association. The conference was attended by international shark researchers who gave the exhibit outstanding critics.

Expenditures/Investments 2006: approx. 11,000 CHF
Total investments to date: approx. 184,000 CHF
Shark Identification

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  In 2006, the Shark Identification Project - based on the examination of minute tissue samples - focused on the analysis of shark fins in the Asian fin market. So far, 36 different shark species have been identified.

Following project completion at the end of 2007, the Foundation will finance a new project aimed at researching multiple paternity with different shark species.
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Investments 2006: approx. 0 CHF
Total investments to date: approx. 90,000 CHF
Shark Nurseries

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  Patrick O'Donnell continues to manage the Shark "Nurseries" project in Rookery Bay/Ten Thousand Islands in cooperation with the Mote Marine Lab.

Investments 2006: approx. 4,300 CHF
Total investments to date: approx. 21,100 CHF

Basking Sharks

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  Research on shark nurseries and migrations of basking sharks off the coast of Wales and Scotland (under the scientific direction of Colin Speedie) has met with success and will continue to receive the Foundation's support. Research activities have now been extended to the following regions: Cornwall, Devon, Whales, the Irish Sea, the Firth of Clyde and the Hebrides.
In 2006 the Foundation again loaned its digital camera for use in the project.

Investments 2006: approx. 0 CHF
Total investments to date: approx. 43,000 CHF

Bull Shark Migrations Fiji
(Subproject 1)

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  Biological data is missing for practically all shark species, especially on their exact geographical distribution areas, their migratory behavior, or reliable statistics on population sizes. This also applies to such widely distributed, coastal species as the bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas).
The Foundation received no applications for financial support in 2006. Subproject 2 is in preparation for 2007.

Investments 2006: 0 CHF
Total investments to date: approx. 19,000 CHF

Shark Protection Zone Fiji

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  The Foundation's Shark Protection project in Fiji supports Mike Neumann's scheme to convert "Shark Fin Reefs", a coastal area located off the southern coast of Viti Levu, into a shark protection zone.
In a first step the Foundation financed the 10-meter long motorboat "Reef Warden". In 2006 die shark protection zone was extended and the Foundation guaranteed a contribution of CHF 3,600 to be paid to the new village for yielding the usage rights to their reef. .

Investments 2006: 3,600 CHF
Total investments to date: approx. 26,600 CHF

Small Project: Local Fishery in Tamil Nadu

  Together with the German ocean protection organization > Deepwave the Foundation gave financial support in 2006 for an educational campaign aimed at small fisheries in Tamil Nadu, India. Using panels and other information material, the campaign informed fishermen about overfishing in the region. The campaign pointed out the already strongly decimated shark populations and the harmful effects this has, not only on the fish but also on the fishermen who are robbed of medium-term income.

Investments 2006: 1,600 CHF
Total investments to date: approx. 1,600 CHF


Public Relations Activities of the Shark Foundation and Shark Info

Media   In 2006 the administrative office of the Shark Foundation and Shark Info again responded to between 150 and 200 calls and E-mails on questions regarding sharks, edited various articles on sharks and gave numerous interviews on topical shark themes. Although Shark Info is currently not being issued, requests for information on sharks are received regularly.

Webserver   The completely revised webpages for and were launched in September 2005. In 2006 the Shark Foundation's webserver registered approximately 234,312 visitors to the German version of the website and 135,111 individual visitors to the English version.


General   The Foundation was considerably more active in 2006 than in the previous year. In addition to providing project support, it organized the relocation of the Shark Exhibit to two new locations in Germany (Hamburg, Leipzig); important coalitions were formed (EEA, Shark Alliance, see below); several projects were examined and appraised personally by the President of the Foundation; the U.S. Shark Foundation was reorganized; and active, enthusiastic and competent directors for the U.S. branch office were found. Since all Board of Trustee members work voluntarily for the Foundation in their free time, in addition to their normal professions, certain activities cannot always be handled immediately, for both professional and other reasons. This applies especially to the personnel-intensive work behind Shark Info, a publication that again had to be shelved in 2006.
At the suggestion of a guest, the Shark Foundation asked Compass AG, which runs several canteens, to refrain from serving any shark steaks or other shark products. The feedback was extremely positive, accompanied by a promise to exclude such food in the future.

European Elasmobranch Association   Ever since November 2005 the Shark Foundation has been the official Swiss representative to the European Elasmobranch Association (EEA). Membership of the Shark Foundation in the EEA was reconfirmed at the November international EEA conference in Hamburg. The question as to whether or not the Foundation can validly represent Switzerland (because according to Swiss law it has no right to have members) was answered positively. The Shark Foundation presented its projects and reaped loud applause for its work. It supports the EEA with Euro 1,000, first to benefit a travel fund that should allow students to attend EEA conferences, and second to redo the EEA's web presentation and give it a more professional touch.

The Shark Exhibit in Hamburg was officially opened in the scope of the EEA conference and received extremely positive critics from the expert public.

Shark Alliance   The Shark Foundation has been a member of the 2006 > Shark Alliance since November. The Shark Alliance is a union of shark protection organizations whose objective is to protect sharks, especially European shark populations, and to regulate shark fishing sustainably in European waters. Shark Alliance is financed by > The Pew Charitable Trusts and managed by a team of professionals.

U.S. Shark Foundation   In 2006 the U.S. Shark Foundation was again registered as a nonprofitable organization seated in Miami, Florida. In the same year, Gary and Brenda Adkison and Professor Mahmood S. Shivji were successfully won over as directors of the U.S. Foundation. At the end of 2006, the U.S. Foundation was represented with a stand at the DEMA, the largest diving trade show in the U.S. Thanks to his public appearances, Gary Adkison was able to collect about USD 6,000 in donations for the U.S. Foundation.

Total administrative costs to date approx. CHF 36'300.

USA Trip Alexander Godknecht   In April 2006, A. Godknecht made a five-day trip to the Miami area in the U.S. for visits to various project managers, to the U.S. law firm Richards & Associates and the Foundation's bank. The purpose of these visits was, on the one hand, to establish personal contacts with the project managers and to discuss general project details. On the other hand, the U.S. Foundation was to be reorganized. The meeting with Patrick O'Donnell, project manager of the Shark Nursery Projec (> Shark Nurseries Florida) in Ten Thousand Islands near Tampa was very successful. The project is running satisfactorily despite long delays encountered in restoring the marshlands. The houseboat that had sunken in the harbor during a hurricane was repaired thanks to financial support received from the Foundation and serves as the basis for taking shark inventory in the area. The work performed by volunteers, mostly pensioners, to support O'Donnell is very impressive. The data is scientifically evaluated at Mote Marine Lab. The Foundation will continue to support this project.

A meeting with Professor Mahmood S. Shivji at the Guy Harvey Research Center of Nova University in Dania Beach also proved to be extremely interesting. Mahmood had just been named Professor of the Year for his outstanding shark research work (> Shark Identification Project). Subjects of discussion included coordinating the completion of the shark identification project and the subsequent support of the multiple paternity project with sharks. In addition, Professor Shivji accepted the offer to become Director of the U.S. Shark Foundation.

During his stay in Miami, Godknecht held various meetings with Professor Samuel H. Gruber. Discussions concerned mutual projects and the U.S. Shark Foundation. A two-day visit to Shark Labs run by Professor Gruber on Bimini provided excellent insight into the work and field research of Shark Lab that deals mainly with the biology of juvenile lemon sharks. An agreement was reached with Professor Gruber that the Foundation would support the lemon shark project in Jupiter, Florida, as of 2007. Time prevents Professor Gruber from being active on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Foundation, but he prominently mentions the U.S. Shark Foundation at lectures and TV shows and supports the Foundation within the realm of his possibilities.

At a meeting in Fort Lauderdale with Gary Adkinson and his wife Brenda, they could be won as additional directors of the U.S. Shark Foundation, along with Professor Mahmood S. Shivji. Discussions included the public presentation of the U.S. Foundation at the DEMA, the largest diving trade show in the U.S., and the handling of administrative matters together with A. Sanchez from Richards & Associates. The account with the Citibank was cancelled and the money transferred to a newly opened account with the Wachovia Bank, the house bank of Richards & Associates.

Shark Info   As in the previous year, time prevented any new publication of information through Shark Info in 2006.


Financial Policy of the Shark Foundation

Established on August 29, 1997, the Shark Foundation is an internationally active organization that falls under the supervision of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) / Swiss Federal Supervisory Authority in Bern. The Foundation can accept tax-deductible donations and once a year it submits its annual report and financial statement to the supervisory authority for approval.

The Foundation finances all its activities through donations, presentations or the sale of products such as T-shirts or plush toy sharks. The Board of Trustees works on a voluntary basis and its members receive neither attendance fees nor salaries. The Foundation runs a "Shark Shop" on its Internet website (t-shirts, cuddly plush toy sharks, tear-off notebooks, postcards, shark sponsorships). Sales revenues flow directly into the Foundation account, and once a year all interested parties are sent a mailing requesting donations and including a pay-in slip.

In its first meeting of the respective year, the Board of Trustees of the Shark Foundation decides on the usage of any accumulated income and donation money from the previous year. Up until then no provisions are set aside; instead all funds are released to cover ongoing projects, investments and administrative costs. With immediate effect, Revisal, an auditing company located in Gossau, will be checking the annual accounting for both the Foundation and Shark Info.

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