Surfers of Reunion Island Say No to a Shark Cull.
Here is How You Can Help
- Start Your Own FIN Free Movement using the FIN Free Toolkit
- Fundraise to Support Shark Stewards
- Hold a Shark Party, Raise Awareness and Drive a Petition
- Join the Texas Campaign to Ban Shark Finning
Join Shark Watch. We are harnessing shark photos as citizen-science observations. Our project with the Encyclopedia of Life needs shark photos under compatible creative commons licenses to illustrate species pages and build educational games about sharks. After adding your own shark photos, you can help us find more photos from social-networks like Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa. Click here to find out more!
Become a Shark Steward Member and motivate others to appreciate and protect sharks.
Hammerheads Getting Hammered
Shark Stewards is working to protect Hammerhead sharks from extinction. We seek international protections for all species of these sharks under CITES Appendix II at the Coalition of the Parties (CoP 16) at Bangkok in 2013.
Part of this campaign is to research the sharks movements and behavior through satellite tagging at Cocos Island National Reserve in Costa Rica. These sharks are traveling between the Galapagos and Malpelo and are frequently killed in longlines set for tuna. Increasingly, these sharks are killed for their fins and landed illegally at private docks in Costa Rica. Poachers are even killing these sharks in the marine reserve with impunity. These sharks need international protection immediately. Our campaign goal is to reach 30,000 in 2012 to purchase tags, support our direct documentation of the poaching and shark fin trade and take this campaign to the CoP16 in 2013
Proposed Listing for North East Pacific Great White Sharks
Shark Stewards conducted a literature review assisting Oceana and the Center for Biological Diversity's apeal to consider increased protection for the Northeastern population of white sharks. This peer reviewed document was submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Department following a lightly supported petition by Wildlife Guardians. after consideration, NMFS declined to accept the petition in summer fo 2013.
Another submission was made in August 2012 to the California Fish and Game Commission for consideration under the California Endangered Species Act.This petition is under review by state Fish and Games staff.
Full Great White Shark ESA Petition Download