Relation of Humans with Aquatic Ecosystems

human aquatic Water is the source of all life on Earth. Aquatic ecosystems are an integral piece of human history for survival and evolution, contributing a significant part to the creation of societies by the way it is known. The connection between humans and the marine ecosystem is one that is evolving abreast and changing through time. The investigation of all these connections through time is a new scientific sector, which contributes effectively to the detection of solutions for today. In iSea we believe that the research of the historical interactions of local Greek communities and aquatic ecosystems could conduce a better understanding of social factors associated to protection, management and the application of better practices.

This study is a collaborative project involving the Department of Biology of the University of Padova (Italy), iSea (Greece), MER (Cyprus), OGS (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics, Italy), CHAM - Portuguese Center for Global History, FCSH/NOVA University (Portugal), A.P.C.M. (Portugal), ÇOMÜ (Turkey) ICM (Spain), NIWA (New Zealand), Planeta Océano (Peru), BALYENA (Philipines and Japan), University of Tirana (Albania) and Dutch Shark Society (Holland), Murdoch University (Australia) and Deakin University (Australia)

The aim of the present study is to assess the attitude of the public towards sharks and investigate differences between regions and countries. The online questionnaire, completely anonymous, is composed by three parts. The first part is constituted by some demographic and general information of the responders. The second part includes 13 statements used to measure the attitude of the responder towards sharks. The 13 statements used are based on the classic study of S.J. Kellert (1996), in which he describes the attitudinal dimensions towards wildlife. The third part aims at evaluating the knowledge of the responder towards sharks, and will be used to analyse how knowledge can affect the attitude. The questionnaire will be translated in different languages with the goal to collect as many answers as possible from all over the world, from people of different educational levels, different ages (10-60+) and different backgrounds.

Several shark species are under the threat of extinction.

Understanding public attitude towards wildlife is important to design targeted conservation actions. This questionnaire, developed by an international team of researchers, aims at evaluating the public attitude towards sharks at global scale. It is available online in 19 languages and is anonymous. Please help us in diffusing it, in particular among non-experts.

To participate in the survey and fill in the questionnaire click here. 

We already have more than 11.000 responses from 117 different countries!!!


Research team
Ioannis Giovos (iSea), Lara Endrizzi (University of Pandova), Diego Borme (OGS), Claudio Barria (ICM)Cristina Brito (CHAM, FCSH/NOVA; APCM)Periklis Kleitou (MER), Monica Barone (FAO), Alison MacDiarmid (NIWA), Kerstin Forsberg (Planeta Oceano), Sezginer Tunçer (ÇOMÜ), Shotaro Nakagun (BALYENA)Dorien Schröder (Dutch Shark Society), Ruth Thurstan (Deakin University),  Malcolm Tull (Murdoch University) and Carrlota Mazzoldi (University of Pandova)

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In press

Έρευνα: Φίλοι του καρχαρία οι Έλληνες
Ευρωπαϊκή έρευνα με την συμμετοχή της ελληνικής iSea για την αντίληψη της κοινής γνώμης για τους καρχαρίες
Οι καρχαρίες δεν είναι Hollywood movies

Scientific Publications

1. Evaluating the attitudes of common people towards sharks: a key to promote shark conservation, HISTORICAL ECOLOGY OF SEMI-ENCLOSED BASINS: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF SEAS AT RISK, At Chioggia Venice, Italy
2. Shark as dangerous or fascinating animals: the social dimension of marine animals’ conservation, INTERNATIONAL MEETING HISTORIES OF NATURE AND ENVIRONMENTS: PERSPECTIVES AND DIALOGUES, At Lisbon, Portugal
3. Understanding the public perception of sharks, Oceans Past VI conference, At Sesimbra, Portugal