Shark Foundation
Sharks threatened
Shark Foundation
Shark Foundation

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Sharks threatened

Extinction is forvever!

Extinction is forvever!

Extinction is forever!

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The Shark Foundation

The Shark Foundation was established in 1997 as a lobby for sharks to actively contribute to the protection, research and conservation of endangered shark species and their natural habitats.

The Shark Foundation promotes scientific shark research and popular science projects, maintains a travelling Exhibit and informs the media and the public about sharks and their necessary protection.

Active Projects

Completed Projects

Scientific Publications


Exhibit Cities

Sharks are not threatening us, we are threatening sharks!

Sharks killed since the beginning of 2024

Shark Market Paul Hilton
Shark Market Paul Hilton
Photo © Paul Hilton

Photo © Paul Hilton

Sharks killed since you view this page

Finning Paul Hilton
Finning Paul Hilton
Photo © Paul Hilton

Photo © Paul Hilton


Objective of the Foundation

The object of the Foundation is to protect and preserve the sharks and their natural habitats through its own activities and by actively supporting third parties.

In this sense the Foundation provides financial support and advice for scientific work in Switzerland and abroad. PR work, such as organising and running courses, lectures, travelling exhibitions and appearances in the mass media and the like are intended to inform a broad public of the threat to many species of shark and their environments. PR work is also intended to attract donations to fund the Foundation and its various projects.

Finally, cooperative ventures may be entered into with similar institutions and official bodies which are in accordance with the Foundation’s object.





Headquarters of the foundation

Hai Stiftung / Shark Foundation
c/o Thorbecke
Haldenhof 3
CH-9000 St. Gallen

Board of Trustees

Chairman: Dr. Alexander J. Godknecht
Secretary: Rolf Fässler
Member: Dr. Gaston Denis Guex
Member: Dr. Toni Bürgin
Member: Michael Näf

Scientific Advisory Board

Chairman: Prof. Mahmood Shivji

If required, various internationally renowned scientists from the particular fields of research.

Office of the foundation

Hai-Stiftung / Shark Foundation
Blütenstrasse 4
CH-8057 Zürich

Commercial register

Registered in the canton of St. Gallen
Chamber of Industry and Commerce, St. Gallen, Switzerland
UID CHE-110.403.699


Revisal AG Gossau
St. Gallerstrasse 99
CH-9200 Gossau

Supervisory Authority

Swiss Federal Supervision of Foundations
Inselgasse 1
CH-3003 Bern


The Shark Foundation is a charitable foundation registered in the canton of St. Gallen.
Donations to the Shark Foundation are tax deductible in Switzerland.


Current Cooperations

EEA European Elasmobranch Association (EEA)

The Shark Foundation is the official representative of Switzerland in the European Elasmobranch Association.

MMF Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF)

Cooperation in the global long-term project Biology and protection of whale sharks.

Ocearch Ocearch

Cooperation with Ocearch in stress, microplastics and biochemical investigations of the White sharks in the North Atlantic.

MMF iSea

Cooperation Project to study fisheries in Greece and the status of the six-gilled sharks in the Mediterranean.

Submon Submon

Studies on the status of the six-gilled sharks in the Mediterranean (11 countries).

FFI Fauna & Flora International

Shark conservation project on the Cap Verde Islands.

Bimini Sharklab Bimini Sharklab

Biology of big coastal sharks: Lemon- and Hammerheads

Blue Planet Archive Blue Planet Archive

Formerly SeaPics. Provides us with wonderful stock photos of marine life and other animals. Especially sharks, of course.

Atelier Blyss Altelier Blyss

Atelier Blyss donates 10 % of the profits of their FIN-K Beyond Collection sales for Whalesharks.

Support the Shark Foundation in its work to protect sharks.