Our mission

Enabling scientists to collaborate and undertake world-class research

Sharks and Rays

The Shark Share Global database is specifically tailored for Chondrichthyan (shark, ray and chimaera) research scientists around the world. We recognize that of the 1041 known shark and ray species, 47% lack basic biological data needed to assess if populations are at risk. Of the remaining 53% which we do have knowledge of, more than a quarter are considered threatened by human impacts such as overfishing and coastal development.

Fortunately, there are thousands of research scientists around the world working to understand, manage and conserve these animals. Quite often these researchers require tissue samples collected while out in the field. This is where the Shark Share Global database can help.

Ecological benefits

The more we know, the more we can manage and conserve

Species-specific and ecosystem-level knowledge is the cornerstone of effective conservation and management. Enabling scientists with greater access to tissue samples for research means we are helping to understand the ecology and biology of Chondrichthyes worldwide. Scientific discoveries broaden our knowledge informing policy makers and managers on how to sustainably manage and conserve populations.

Healthy sharks equal healthy ecosystems

More and more we are hearing about the important role Chondrichthyes play in marine ecosystems. By better understanding and conserving populations we are helping the ecosystems they inhabit.  

Minimise invasive sampling

While scientists work towards understanding, managing and conserving species, research sometimes requires invasive or destructive sampling. Enabling the use of previously collected material allows us to minimise need for this type of sampling, reducing the impact science has on the animals we seek to understand. In the case of destructive sampling, this platform allows scientists to better utilise all resulting samples, by cycling them into new projects, reducing wasted tissues while fostering research. 

Benefits for researchers

Easily manage and find samples

Spending hours emailing colleagues for tissue samples is a thing of the past. Shark Share helps you find who has the samples you need in real time.

No more missed opportunities

Don’t wait for a project to come to you, utilize all the tissues you have in the freezer and never miss out on the samples you need. We help researchers discover and share samples with ease. Finding collaborators to share with or request tissues from means no tissues are wasted.

Collaborate with ease

Our sharing system means authorships and sharing agreements are upfront and transparent. Share tissue samples knowing what you and your collaborators want from a project.

Developing regions

The capacity for large laboratories and expensive equipment to undertake research is limited to relatively few regions throughout the world. Using Otlet means users from underrepresented and under-studied areas can connect with those who have the facilities to utilise these unique sample and enable discoveries.

Benefits for institutions

Discover more

Accessing tissue samples with ease means researchers have a greater capacity to produce high-impact research and publications.

Enable students and staff

Student research projects all have critical timelines to meet. Help students enhance their research and increase sample sizes by having access to thousands of tissue samples from around the world.

Spend wisely

We know research funding is critical to ensure the success of a project and field work is often the most expensive component. Shark Share helps researchers source tissues online, saving time and money.