Shark Protection Plan Caribbean Netherlands


As the Netherlands has traditionally shown strong international leadership and commitment in biodiversity protection, a key ambition of the new Dutch Caribbean Nature Policy Plan 2013-2017, developed jointly with the Dutch Caribbean islands, is the effective implementation of shark protection.

Additional remarks: 

Category of best practice: 

Biodiversity management (e.g. conservation ex situ and in situ, sustainable use and exploitation, rehabilitation, management of invasive species, pollutants, pesticides)
Governance and policies (e.g. interactions science/societies, regulations, decision-makers, networks, international collaborations)

Criteria used to define the best practice: 

Significant contribution to preservation of biodiversity and ecological effectiveness
Good governance (involve relevant stakeholders and integrate different interests and perspectives and needs in part from local stakeholders)


Ministry of Economic Affairs - National Office Caribbean Netherlands (National Government of the Netherlands)

Contact details: 

Paul Hoetjes ( - Policy coordinator nature

Geographic region: 



Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba