Shark Trust is a charitable organization founded in the UK in 1997  "dedicated to promoting the study, management, and conservation of sharks, skates and rays (Elasmobranchs) in the UK and internationally.".
As support for the importance of shark conservation, the Trust cites findings that the populations of some shark species have been reduced to 2% of their original levels. The Trust operates scientific research and education programmes, and works with divers, politicians, boat owners, and commercial and recreational fishers as well as the general public. It has produced codes of conduct for approaching basking sharks and whale sharks  safely and responsibly. It campaigns for legislative protection of vulnerable shark species and for tighter legislation restricting shark finning.
To raise funds, the Shark Trust holds events throughout the year, including eggcase hunts at which participants search the coastline for shark eggcases. It also allows members to "adopt" specific sharks.
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