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About Us

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The Atlantic Shark Institute is a Rhode Island based nonprofit, tax exempt charitable organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are a shark research organization dedicated to funding and supporting the Atlantic’s best shark scientists and researchers in an open and collaborative way. These respected scientists and organizations benefit from our support and our team of research donors by providing funding for a wide variety of high value shark research projects. In essence, we provide the resources they need to do critical shark research, collaborate and to be a unified voice to represent the elasmobranch scientific community. Through this unique model we can assist in research, management, conservation and awareness of large predatory sharks in the Atlantic region.

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Our Mission

Our mission, and that of our science partners, is to do the highest quality shark research to help conserve and manage these magnificent animals. While estimates vary depending on the source, more than 100 million sharks are reportedly killed annually worldwide. For many species, harvests are not sustainable and an alarming number of species are considered vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered as a result. The Atlantic Shark Institute funds research on shortfin mako, blue, porbeagle, common thresher, great white, spinner, blacktip and many other species of sharks with the singular goal of aiding in their protection and sustainability.
 

Unique in the world of shark research, our funded scientists work in an open and collaborative way to fully leverage the opportunities before them. Working toward a common goal, they can get more done, more efficiently and with results that are broader than would otherwise be the case. Doing so answers critical questions about sustainability, habitat, conservation, and policy that will ensure these apex predators are protected and managed in a responsible and logical manner.

Meet The Team

Jon Dodd
Executive Director
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Jon is an experienced marine biologist who has spent his entire life on the water with a particular focus and affinity for sharks. From his first close encounter with a blue shark at the age of 14, he has been fascinated by sharks and their growing need for greater understanding and management in many parts of the world. Jon tagged his first shark in the 1980s and has been engaged in a wide variety of shark research projects and collaborations ever since. Jon leads the Atlantic Shark Institute and has direct experience investigating a wide variety of shark species, including shortfin mako, great white, common thresher, blue, porbeagle, blacktip, dusky and more. Jon earned a biology degree from the University of Rhode Island with an emphasis on fisheries and has worked as a volunteer at the NMFS Apex Predator Investigation Lab in Narragansett, RI. Jon has caught and released more than 1,000 sharks and has tagged the majority of those sharks for a wide variety of research projects. He was on the board of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy for several years, holds an Advanced Open Water dive certification, and has been diving for over 40 years.  Jon also co-founded an education finance company with his brother Steven and managed it for more than 25 years. The company grew to several hundred employees, handled billions of dollars annually on behalf of client schools, and was ultimately sold to one of the nation’s top 10 largest banks.

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Sponsors and Donors

Thank you to our major donors and acoustic receiver sponsors. The following individuals and organizations have supported our vital research and have contributed greatly toward ocean conservation and research.

Partners and Collaborators

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