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Zinke Places Pacific Marine Protected Areas at Risk

September 22nd, 2017|

According to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post September 19, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created under the last 3 administrations, shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, and three marine monuments.  Zinke submitted recommendations to the President in late August, but the full report has [...]

Sharktober and the Devil’s Teeth

September 19th, 2017|

Thirty miles west, one can catch a glimpse of the mysterious Farallon Islands when the marine layer lifts. The coastal by Miwok Indians called them the Islands of the Dead, and the Devil's Teeth by Spanish mariners who dreaded the unseen rocks and fog shrouded spires of the Farallones. Named by explorer Juan Cabrillo, Farallones means [...]

Sharktober: How to Avoid a Great White Shark Attack

August 22nd, 2017|

It is Sharktober.  This is the term surfers refer to the months bordering and including October when peak white shark activity and shark attacks occur along the central California coastline. The Bay is the center of the Red Triangle. This area bounded by Bodega Bay, Big Sur and the Farallon Islands, has nearly half of the [...]

Trump: Hands Off Our National Marine Monuments- Act Now.

August 21st, 2017|

The 24 August deadline for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to give recommendations to President Trump on whether to alter dozens of national monuments, there is little transparency on which sites the administration could target for reductions or even wholesale elimination. Under review are 27 national monuments created since 1996, the majority of which are larger than [...]

Sharks Don’t Get A Summer Break- News Update

August 18th, 2017|

In this Newsletter. Back from Borneo, back in the Bay Area for shark lectures, film and action! Sharks don't get a summer break Back From Borneo Sharks and Ecotourism Festival of the Sea Farallon Island Excursions Sharktober Sharks don't get a summer break. With 100 million sharks and rays killed every year, they don't even get [...]

Exploring and Saving Borneo Wildlife

August 15th, 2017|

Since 2013 when we signed onto an effort to ban shark fishing in Sabah, Borneo, Shark Stewards has been active in the region in policy, data collection and restoration in Malaysia. Invited to the country by conservation partners, I was impressed by the strong conservation community, particularly in Sabah. Well known for its Orangutan, pygmy elephants [...]

Pledge the UN Initiative to Stop Fish Bombing

August 3rd, 2017|

Freshly Blasted Reef: Photo Credit ScubaZoo Fish bombing (also known as ‘dynamite fishing’, or ‘blast fishing’) is a destructive fishing practice in which typically, homemade bombs are dropped into the ocean or onto the seabed. Shock waves produced by the explosion either stun or kill fish, some of which are then collected from the [...]

It’s Shark Week: What is The Fuss About?

July 28th, 2017|

It is Shark week again and for 29 years Discovery Channel is again performing at its best and worst: frightening the naive, causing the sceptical to snort and generally filling the TV and print media with shark stories. Like well known political figures, tweeters are chiming in with thousands of random rants, shark sops and solipsisms. With the [...]

Tell Congress to SUPPORT a US Shark Fin Trade Ban

June 28th, 2017|

Globally shark populations are on the decline. One third of pelagic -open ocean sharks are threatened with extinction. Sharks are being overfished and the shark fin trade is threatening large species of sharks with extinction. Join Shark Stewards supporting the US Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act. Contact  Your Representative and  Your Senators Directly and urge them to support the [...]

Swim For Sharks

June 21st, 2017|

Update: 15 volunteers successfully swam around Pom Pom Island in memoriam of TRACC Founder Steve Oakley. Watch for our next swim in 2018, and help us keep fighting for sharks. The fifth annual Swim for Sharks started across the globe in Malaysian Borneo. This awareness and fundraising swim rounded Pom Pom Island, to help raise funds [...]