The Fins United Initiative is a shark, skate, ray and chimaera education and conservation program aiming to unite fin lovers worldwide.

Our mission is to provide easy-to-access information on all sharks and their relatives worldwide through partnerships with educational institutions and other programs.

The organization was first establish in 2013 in sunny Florida, and was dubbed as "Sarasota Fins." Inspired by the lack of shark education and conservation integrated in school curriculum's, The Fins United Initiative founder, Melissa C. Marquez, began creating the tools and products she believed will help inspire understanding of these beautiful creatures. As the program's popularity grew, its educational outreach expanded and the need for a more encompassing name became clear: thus, The Fins United Initiative was born.

We use innovative, participatory learning techniques that allows non-expert audiences to fully grasp the important role these animals play in our oceans and the threats they face. From easy-to-understand bio blog posts, infographics, handouts, and more, The Fins United Initiative provides materials that anyone can use, allowing for anyone to be a TFUI representative. We have also partnered up with Keep Fin Alive to create “The Little Fin Fighters,” allowing for shark education to be led by even the littlest of environmentalists.

​The Fins United Initiative has connected with schools and other educational services in all 50 USA states as well as over 12 countries… and it has no plans of stopping any time soon.

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  • Science
  • High School
Every year, at least 7.3 million tons of marine life are caught incidentally. An estimated 50 million sharks are caught as bycatch in commercial...
The first time TFUI founder Melissa saw a zebra shark ( Stegostoma fasciatum ) was in SeaWorld Orlando. They are a creamy colour with black/dark...
Shining a light on the issues and challenges female scientists face through shark facts. Melissa Cristina Marquez is a Latina marine biologist and...
  • Science
  • K-2, 3-5
Use this foldable book with your students to prompt questions about sharks.
The whale shark ( Rhincodon typus ) is a slow-moving filter-feeder. They are normally a dark blue colour with white spots. Have fun colouring!
  • Science
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Want to teach your students about shark anatomy? You've come to the right place! Use the word bank to fill in the blanks and correctly identify what...
  • Science
  • MS, HS
A PowerPoint (PPT) presentation about the troubles sharks face and easy ways everyone can help them out!
  • Science
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Print out the tiles, cut them out and glue the individual pieces onto cardboard (optional). Shuffle and lay out all the tiles (picture down). Each...
  • Science
  • 3-5, MS, HS
Teach your class about sharks via this fun fill-in-the-blank.
  • Math
  • Pre-K, K-2
Teach your kids numbers and counting... via sharks! Finley the great white shark is a great visual aide to help with this lesson.