Shark Action

Take Action for Sharks! Help our Pacific Shark Alliance urge United Airlines to join 25 other air carriers and make a public commitment to drop shark fin from all cargo on their aircraft and that of their subsidiaries. 

Please help Shark Stewards continue our efforts bringing this issue to the public eye, applying pressure on the shark fin trade by breaking the supply chain. Learn more here.

Shark Stewards is a non-profit project of the Earth Island Institute.  Please, Support our Work!


Tell West Australian Premier Barnett that a White Shark Cull is not the Solution- educate and change human behavior- indiscriminate use of drum lines are not the answer.  The WA fisheries manager are catching Tiger Sharks, over 75% less than the targeted 3 meters, and violating conditions of the permit. Conservationsists across Australia adn around the globe are protesting this unscientific and indiscriminate killing fo sharks.  Our San Francisco Shark March  from the Ferry Terminal to the Australian Consulate  supports our WA Allies to stop the shark cull.  A determined group of shark advocates reached thousands to Take Action For Sharks!   Check out the video.  Please Support our work so we can fight for sharks.


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Tell the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to stop the Lethal Gillnet Fishery in California. The driftnet fishery for Swordfish is killing thousands of sharks and other fish each year. This method of fishing is banned in Oregon, Washington, Northern California and the High Seas. New technologies can be applied to reduce killing Sperm Whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life. We are prevailing on the PFMC to add provisions to substitute gear and for NOAA to increase observer coverage and compile better data as they research new techniques in 2019.

Semporna Shark Sanctuary Protecting Critical Marine Habitat and Sharks in Malaysia How Can You Save Sharks? Swim With Them!


In Semporna, Malaysia, the shark hunt is nearing a dangerous point. Conservationists have a small window of time to develop the proposed Semporna Shark Sanctuary before it’s not only sharks that disappear, but sustainable jobs, solutions to poverty and an ocean biodiversity kept in check by the captain of the underwater food chain. The 63 species of shark and 68 species of ray drifting through Semporna’s waters are not exactly damsels in distress. Sharks can pay their own conservation fees — or at least they could if they weren’t being hunted to the brink of extinction by the shark fin soup industry. Sharks generated 192 million dollars last year thanks to an increasingly popular dive tourism, or, swimming with sharks. In fact, the estimated value of one shark throughout its lifetime is 815,000 US dollars. Contrast this number with the value of a dead shark that will be sold for its fin, a process that only generates an estimated 100 U.S. dollars. Based on these numbers, a comprehensive financing plan will accompany the Semporna Shark Sanctuary to make sure the sanctuary is successfully funded by none other than the toothy predator itself.

Shark fin soup has no nutritional value. It has been linked to mercury poisoning, Alzheimer’s like symptoms disease and other degenerative brain diseases.

Fisheries hunting sharks for the coveted menu item are killing off the very species that employs them. Many sharks like the Scalloped Hammerhead have declined by up to 90 percent — loudly signaling that shark hunting just isn’t a sustainable job option for the poverty-stricken regions that need long-term employment. Dive tourism can replace the bloody day-job of shark hunting while also saving shark species and the ocean that depends on them.

The shark sanctuary will cover 83 islands which include 1,001 dive sites to protect an optimal amount of sharks and marine life. A crucial state-wide shark fishing ban has also been in the works for years. The shark-hunting ban is necessary to ensure the Semporna Shark Sanctuary reaches its full potential — but politicians are still deliberating on how to make both the ban and the sanctuary a reality.

Local and international non-government organizations (NGOs), government bodies and local communities largely support the Semporna Shark Sanctuary Project. The problem is, they have been supporting the plan since the Borneo Conservancy proposed it several years ago and, as conservationists keep explaining: the sharks can’t wait.

The Semporna region is one of the few areas in the world where a devastating shark decline is still preventable, but this won’t be true for long. In the very near future, even Semporna’s shark species will have declined so severely that they cannot be saved.

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NOAA agrees with conservation organizations that the California shark fin trade ban does not interfere with Federal Fisheries Management Policy, including that of Maryland and Washington. 5 other States' laws hang in the balance.

Tell NOAA No! to Shark Fin and Weakening USA Shark Protection in 5 other states.


Shark Stewards Joins Surfers of Reunion Island to Say  No to a Shark Cull. The French and local government can provide a more effective exclusion area for the marine protected areas and a shark watch program. Culling migratory sharks has been demonstrated to be ineffective against reducing shark numbers in a region.  We are calling for better science, management and public education and not indiscriminate shark killing.


Join us Stopping the Shark Fin Trade

  • 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 Florida Campaign to Ban Shark Fin Sales
  • Love a Shark.         Please, Support Our Work.

  • Be a Citizen Scientist. Join Shark Watch. We are harnessing shark photos and locations as citizen-science observations. Our project with the Smithsonian Encyclopedia of Life uses 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. Locations, behavior and other information adds to the scientific database to help us better understand and protect sharks.  Click here to find out more!

  • Become a Shark Steward Member and motivate others to appreciate and protect sharks.

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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 Wildlife staff.

Full Great White Shark ESA Petition Download


Past  Campaigns

Hammerheads Getting Hammered

Shark Stewards is proud to have worked sucessfully protect Hammerhead sharks from extinction.  We contributed to international protections for 3 Hammerhead Shark species ofunder 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


Shark Stewards Joins the New Zealand Shark Alliance to Sucessfully Ban Shark Finning in New Zealand Waters (Download Flier)

But we are continuing to work to protect Blue Sharks exempted for two years to phase in the fins attached regulations. As many as 10,000 sharks could be affected.


Tell the Maryland State Fisheries to Keep the Shark Fin Bill Strong and Cut the Fin Ratio Language  Sharks must be landed with fins attached. A 12% weight ratio which would kill more sharks for fins.  After passing a state shark fin ban, shark fishermen are fighting for loopholes to land sharks with fins detached from the body. This method allows 2-3 X more sharks to be killed than accounted for.  Methods like this have finally been made illegal  in the EU and should not be allowed in a US Fishery.