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.
- Develop 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.
- Trade analysis of shark catch and the shark fin trade.
Evaluating existing research and impacts on ecosystems of critical habitat in 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.
Protecting areas of 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.
- Working with local communities, providing alternative livelihoods in ecotourism that supports shark conservation.
Raising awareness on the importance of sharks locally and globally through media and policy,
- Citizen science observing and recording observations of sharks through iNaturalist eg Shark Watch and MPA Watch.
School and public programs and Sharktober 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 school Ocean and Shark clubs.
Promoting the practice of catch and release of 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.