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.
How We Achieve This:
- Introduce and advocate for shark fin legislation banning the sale and trade of shark fin in US States.
- Comment on fishing policy to reduce shark catch and limit shark and ray bycatch.
- Creation of marine protected areas and shark sanctuaries, supporting ecotourism based economic models
- Ocean health e.g. plastic bag bans and cigarette butt abatement programs
Determining the size, range and biology of local populations through Mark and Recapture and Genetic Analysis.
Market research and collecting catch data on shark and rays.
Evaluating existing research and impacts on entire ecosystems of select regions of the San Francisco Bay known to host shark populations and other species of interest.
- Leading the Bay Area Coastal MPA Collaborative Network, educating the public and communicating to fishermen.
Determining regions with ideal habitat that will benefit sharks and other fish and marine invertebrates.
Developing partners and establish stakeholder support including fishermen to support protected areas
Garnering support from California and Malaysian fisheries management to establish seasonal, size and regional protection for sharks.
Raising awareness on the importance of sharks locally and globally.
- Shark population observation and citizen science program called Shark Watch
Reaching out to schools and the public through shark events to celebrate the importance of sharks and a healthy San Francisco Bay.
Public and school lectures on sharks, marine ecosystems and marine protected areas- and building a school program with volunteers
Promoting the practice of catch and release of all sharks
- Conducting Sharktober community outreach events with partners including the California Academy of Sciences and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
- Leading Farallon Island Expeditions educating the public on sharks, marine ecosystems and marine protection policy.