Non-profit initiative dedicated to conserving some of the ocean's most vulnerable, valuable and neglected animals--the sharks and closely related rays.
The mission of Shark Advocates International is to provide leadership in advancing sound, science-based conservation policies for sharks.
Shark Advocates International (SAI) is dedicated to conserving some of the ocean's most vulnerable, valuable, and neglected animals - the sharks. With the benefit of nearly two decades of achievement on the front lines of shark fishing and trade debates, SAI provides leadership in advancing science-based national and international policies to protect endangered species of sharks (and closely related rays), limit fishing and trade, and strengthen bans on “finning” (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea).
SAI works nimbly and efficiently in the toughest policy arenas, defending existing safeguards, and promoting the next most significant and urgently needed measures. Driven by a deep commitment to speaking up for the sharks, we specialize in building support for common conservation goals among diverse stakeholders (including other conservation groups, scientists, diving associations, animal welfare organizations, and fishermen) and appealing to governments on behalf of coalitions. With a premium on accuracy and perseverance, SAI works to both communicate the plight of sharks, and to channel the resulting public concern into concrete, long-lasting conservation action.
Ms. Fordham received a U.S. Department of Commerce Environmental Hero Award in 2000, a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Fishery Achievement Award in 2004, the inaugural Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award in 2007, and IUCN's Harry Messel Conservation Leadership Award in 2012. In 2008, Washingtonian magazine named her one of 30 local Eco-Heroes.