Bernard SÉRET is oceanographer biologist, specialist in cartilaginous fish (sharks, rays and chimera). After forty years spent in the French public scientific research, he continues his scientific work and intervenes as a consultant in marine Ichthyology. He advises public bodies and private companies on issues related to biodiversity, fisheries and conservation of sharks, rays and chimaeras; these issues are increasingly taken into account in fisheries management plans and in conservation actions for these species or their habitats. His knowledge of these topics allows him to give circumstantial and appreciated opinions. In particular, he contributed to the development of various action plans for sharks, various IUCN Red Lists, expert reports in the framework of international conventions (e.g. CITES, CMS). He was involved in European programs for by-catch of sharks in pelagic fisheries and had participated in the work of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the National Fisheries Committee (CNPMM). Bernard Séret was a founding member of the European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) and scientific chair until 2014. He is the author of more than 200 publications and descriptors of 63 new species. For a list of publications, see Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/. Bernard Séret is also an “old diver” qualified MF1 and CAH1B, who teaches diving in an associative environment.
Steven SURINA has been living in Egypt since 2001. He grew up in a family-run diving club where he travelled the Red Sea to the port of Djibouti via Sudan, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia. His various trips through thousands of dives in the company of sharks will lead him to study their behaviour but also their fragilities and their conservation. He founded “Shark Education” specialized in shark encounters offering themed trips to discover sharks on a dozen destinations around the world (Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti, Maldives, Philippines, Mozambique, South Africa, Bahamas, Mexico etc.), and organizing conferences and seminars regularly. He works in partnership with scientists from around the world and publishes several articles on the subject, including a unique book on shark-human interaction.