ADVOCACY

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help us spread the word.

RESEARCH

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Join our Shark Watch program.

ECOSYSTEM PROTECTION

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Learn about the cascade effects.

EDUCATION

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Help us educate others.

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.

Shark watch education

How We Achieve This:

Advocacy:

  • 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

Research:

  • 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.

Ecosystem Protection:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Education:

  • 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.