Benefit to Fund Ongoing Shark Research & Conservation Policy
San Francisco, CA (October 9, 2012) – Participate in a Swim for the Sharks on Friday October 19 with Shark Stewards, a San Francisco Bay based shark conservation program, and help raise funds and awareness on the plight of sharks locally and globally.
Twelve elite swimmers will swim 3.5 miles starting at the Dolphin Club on the San Francisco shoreline, out and around Alcatraz Islands and back. The swimmers will not wear wetsuits during the swim and will endure the rough waters of the San Francisco to raise funds for Shark Stewards shark conservation programs.
“This is a fun way to disprove the myth of shark infested waters and prove that although there are many shark species in San Francisco Bay, they do not harm people,” said David McGuire, a marine biologist and leader in the shark conservation movement. “It’s also very important to continue funding of shark and other marine programs.”
Swimmers can be sponsored at www.sharkstewards.org, and the swim will be preceded by a talk on local sharks, shark attacks and a Happy Hour benefit at the Dolphin club, San Francisco on Friday October 12, at 6:00 PM. The event is open to the public with a suggested $10 donation.
Scientists estimate that one third of open ocean sharks are threatened with extinction. Each year approximately 38 million sharks are killed for their fins alone to supply the shark fin soup demand. In a bill introduced by McGuire’s not for profit organization, this year the State of California banned the sale, trade and possession of shark fin.
The population of the Great White Shark along the California coast and the Farallon Islands is estimated to number around 220 adults and sub adults, and is being considered for the Endangered Species Act under a petition by Shark Stewards, Oceana and the Center for Biological Diversity.
“We are concerned about the fate of sharks,” said Dr. Gretchen Coffman, a professor of Biological Sciences at the University of San Francisco, organizer of the event. “We are swimming for sharks because sharks are important for healthy oceans and the health of the San Francisco Bay estuary.”
McGuire refers to the month of October as “Sharktober” because it is the time when the White Sharks return to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary after a migration of thousands of miles. More information can be found at www.sharkstewards.org, or contact: David McGuire/Shark Stewards ph: 415-350-3790, email: [email protected]