Saving Sharks For Ocean Health.
Shark Stewards mission is to restore ocean health by saving sharks from overfishing and the shark fin trade, and protecting critical marine habitat through the establishment of marine protected areas and shark sanctuaries.
Sharks are symbols of ocean health. Sharks have swum the oceans for over 400 million years, helping to shape and maintain the health and balance of marine species and ocean ecosystems. Sharks have survived the five great extinction events, including the last which caused the dinosaurs to go extinct. For all this time, sharks were the top predators in the ocean. Until Now.
Today many species are threatened and could go extinct within our lifetime. Overfishing and shark finning is killing tens of millions of sharks per year at an alarmingly unsustainable rate. Driven largely by overfishing and the demand for the luxury shark fin soup, shark populations are plummeting world wide.
We promote sound stewardship for sharks, and all marine life.
Our projects e.g. the Healthy Oceans Initiative, Shark Watch Education and Science and the Golden Gate Marine Protected Area Collaborative are directed towards raising awareness of shark conservation, sustainable fisheries, improved water quality and marine ecosystem protection. We advocate policy including the banning of shark finning, and regulating the shark fin trade in the USA and the Pacific Rim.
Our non-profit organization employs education, science and media to gain public support and advocate policy for shark conservation and marine protected areas. Shark Stewards is at the forefront of the local and global movement to save sharks, ban the shark fin trade, stop illegal shark fishing and establish shark sanctuaries.
Our educational and outreach efforts in the San Francisco Bay reach thousands. Our sister organization Sea Stewards reaches a world audience through the production of ocean documentary films and short media. We provide the tools for activists to take action and stop shark finning and ban the shark fin trade. We are leading the effort to educate and establish marine protected areas and ban the shark fin trade in North America, and are expanding across the Pacific into Asia with our Pacific Shark Alliance.
Shark Stewards is a project of The Earth Island Institute, an environmentalist think tank founded by David Brower and a 501c3 non-profit. Launched as Sea Stewards in 2003 by award-winning film conservationist and marine biologist David McGuire, Shark Stewards is dedicated to conserving our oceans through the protection of sharks.