Shark Experts Descend on Plymouth –

Shark Experts Descend on Plymouth Published:  01 November, 2013

PLYMOUTH, UK// West Country waters are home to many amazing sharks, skates and rays including the superfast Shortfin Mako and the giant Basking Shark.

This weekend 150 shark experts and delegates from all over the world will attend the annual European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) conference hosted by the Plymouth-based Shark Trust.

The event is held in the UK only once every ten years, and Plymouth and the Shark Trust will welcome world renowned shark researchers and advocates, who will join with young researchers to present the latest in shark research and science.

“Plymouth is a centre of marine excellence and home to the Shark Trust, so to host EEA2013 here was an obvious choice,” said Ali Hood, Director of Conservation for the Shark Trust. “By adopting the theme ‘From Science to Policy’ we hope to focus delegates’ minds on how their research can be applied to wider management and conservation goals.”

Keen to showcase Plymouth’s marine pedigree, the Trust is using the facilities of Plymouth University’s Marine Institute and the National Marine Aquarium, whilst treating the international ‘sharks’ to a sustainable fish supper at Rockfish on the historic Barbican – a move supported by Seafish who, along with the Save our Seas Foundation, are helping sponsor the event.

The Shark Trust is proud to be based in the city and to be able to contribute to Plymouth’s growing international marine reputation.

Follow the conference on twitter at #EEA2013 or through @SharkTrustUK.