Shark Med is a non-profit association created in 2017 for the study and conservation of sharks in the Western Mediterranean, with a focus on the Balearic Islands. Its team includes biologists and filmmakers to combine scientific research with dissemination and awareness. The innovative Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) systems developed by Shark Med allow them to study pelagic sharks in their natural environment and gather information to support their conservation.
Sharks are victims of overfishing and their populations have declined sharply in the Mediterranean and around the world. Pelagic longline fisheries are the main threat to open-sea sharks. The populations of some species such as hammerheads, mako and thresher sharks have been reduced by more than 90% over the past decades. Protecting pelagic sharks will require the implementation of measures to reduce fishing pressure and bycatch of these species but also changing public perceptions about these species and encouraging people to take action to ensure the conservation of these emblematic species.