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INTERNATIONAL SHARK GUARDIAN DAY - 26 February 2018



It's been 5 years since Shark Guardian became a UK Charity and we want to celebrate this with all our followers, dive centers and supporters who have made this possible. Although the charity is only 5 years old (registered in 2013), the journey to get to this point has been in the works for over 20 years. Shark Guardian has inspired and educated thousands of people from all ages worldwide, participated in conservation activities to assist with the ban of transportation of shark related products as well as removing shark products from restaurants and hotels, conducted and collaborated with international researchers to provide valuable data for policy changes, and led shark diving expeditions in several locations around the world.

As with any new charity or organization, we have gone through many changes and have evolved to expand our projects and activities worldwide, while staying true to our goals and objectives. Those objectives are:

TO ADVANCE CONSERVATION OF SHARKS SPECIES WORLDWIDE IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS THROUGH PUBLIC EDUCATION, CONSERVATION, PROMOTING RESEARCH AND PROJECTS SEEKING TO ACHIEVE THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF SHARKS.

Looking back, how it all started:

Shark Guardian was created by Brendon Sing and Elizabeth Ward-Sing. A husband and wife team with a great passion for diving, conservation and sharks. Brendon is from South Africa and this is where he learnt to dive and got involved with shark diving and research. He relocated to Asia in 2001 working in the diving and tourism industry as a dive instructor. Liz is from the UK with a background in physiotherapy. She achieved her dive instructor rating and met Brendon while traveling and diving in Thailand.

Together Liz and Brendon worked in the dive industry for a couple of years but realized that although they enjoyed working in dive centers and resorts, they wanted to do more for sharks and conservation on a larger scale. Just giving weekly talks and presentations to guests in resorts or dive locations was not enough. Most dive centers and resorts have to be so focused on their businesses that they have limited time and resources for conservation projects and activities. Following their passion for sharks, Brendon and Liz decided to dedicate their energy into shark conservation full time. They wanted to be the voice and arm for shark conservation by divers, for divers everywhere in the world. And so Shark Guardian was created.

Where we are now:

Shark Guardian has four arms of operations: Conservation, Education, Research and Expeditions. Each of the operational arms are supported by one another for achieving the goals of the charity.