TAASFA was formed in Australia in 2011 with the purpose of raising shark conservation measures in Australia including bringing shark finning in Australia to an end, ending the Shark Control Program and Shark Meshing Program in Qld & NSW respectively and ending the shark sub-fishery on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef in addition to fighting to protect our sharks in general.
We are not alone in our fight against shark finning with many other groups and organisations around the world fighting hard to end this cruel, barbaric and unsustainable practice.
We are proud to list several people as our inspiration for working tirelessly in our efforts to save sharks & our marine ecosystems. They are:
Bob Irwin: Most of you will know Bob as the father of the late Steve Irwin. Bob is a passionate advocate for wildlife and never ceases to amaze and inspire us with his drive, commitment and determination to fight for wildlife. Find out more about Bob HERE
Steve Irwin: Steve Irwin transformed the concept of wildlife advocacy from a niche, boutique style ideal to something the world embraced, a massive task that only someone of Steve's calibre and personality could achieve. A truly remarkable individual who passed away too soon and is sadly missed. Find our more about Steve HERE
Ben Cropp: Legendary Australian marine documentary maker and shark hunter turned conservationist, Ben is an active marine conservationist, having over 60 years experience in and on the oceans. Ben's documentary's are well worth watching. Find out more about Ben HERE
Mike Rutzen: Mike hails from South Africa and operates 'Shark Diving Unlimited.' Big deal you might say. Mike has done more than anyone to dispel the myths surrounding sharks. He dives without a cage with Great White Sharks and advocates that shark conservation can fuel an entire industry through tourism. Find out more about Mike HERE
Carlos Macuacua: Last, but by no means least, Carlos is from Mozambique and is a staunch shark protector. This guy is achieving results for shark conservation at the ground level and is one of the most amazing conservationists I have seen and hope one day to meet. His 'no bullshit' approach conveys a message that simply can't be ignored. Find out more about Carlos and the real impacts of shark finning HERE
While a lot of our work is aimed at Asian restaurants due to their love of shark fin soup, we want to make it very clear that our fight is not racially based. Some of the leading anti-shark fin activists are the younger generation of Asian people that have seen and understand the cruel truths of shark finning and want to see it stopped.
Keep an eye on our website for new initiatives that TAASFA will employ to achieve its mission.
If you feel you can help us in our fight, please send us an email at email@example.com we'd love to here from you.