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April News, Ocean Film Festival Launches, Our Response to SeaSpiracy

April 19, 2021 @ 10:00 pm - April 20, 2021 @ 7:00 am

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Finspiration, and Action Through Ocean Film
For 16 years, Shark Stewards is proud to have been part of the International Ocean Film Festival, San Francisco. Virtual this year, we are hosting a line up of over 80 films! Shark Stewards is premiering a short documentary film called JinYu (Metalfish) on fish, ocean health and the community most at risk to illness from methyl mercury. The film is in the shark block and director David McGuire will be moderating a shark panel on April 29 with William McKeever of Emperors of the Deep and shark experts. More than sharks, the virtual festival features surfing, whales and ocean stories from across the globe.
See you in the movies!
Learn More and Get Tickets
Trailer to the International Film Festival 2021

Art For Sharks: Conservation Through Art

Boardmember and artist Pamela Comstock Ordonez created this program with artists and photographers on Instagram, featuring unique work that benefits shark conservation. See our events page for details and how to join us and purchase their art, Watch past episodes on our YouTube channel.
Meet our new and youngest artist Lorenzo Kolohe! Are you an ocean artist? Join us!

SeaSpiracy, Overfishing and Conspiracy

The new Netflix film SeaSpiracy by first time filmmaker Ali Tabrizi with Producer Ian Andersen (Cowspiracy) reveals to a new audience what the conservation community has known and has been working to overcome: overfishing the oceans. Told in a sensationalist style, the film shows shocking scenes of slavery, shark finning and whale killing. The topic of overfishing and exploitation is of critical importance and we applaud the exposure and awareness the film brings. However, better called CONspiracy, the film offers a simplistic solution to a complex problem and does a great disservice to many non profits who have worked to protect the oceans for decades.
Renowned fisheries scientist, Dr. Daniel Pauly, has said the movie’s solution to simply stop eating seafood is a detractor to stopping overfishing. In his podcast @SpeakUpForBlue, Andrew Lewin dissects the film and covers the film’s inaccurate attack on Earth Island Institute projects, Surfrider Foundation, WWF and other non-profits who are working to protect our oceans.
We all agree that the oceans are being overfished- we are losing sharks at an alarming rate -and we need to get to work protecting our oceans. Let’s get busy.

Take Action
Dive Into California MPAS
Join our growing network of citizen scientist divers making and sharing observations of plants, animals, and seaweeds in our California Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) using the iNaturalist app. Check our event schedule including the upcoming Snapshot Cal Coast with the California Academy of Sciences and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, dive in and make your own observations! Data collected will be used for better management and research including trends of species affected by climate change and other human impacts. Our next dive is at Point Lobos Marine Reserve, and then we are diving Southern California!  Learn more.
Test Your Shark Knowledge
April 15- May 2nd Sharks and Ocean Films with the International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF). Online venue and drive in April 26!
April 18 Save a Shark, Clean the Park Earth Day community beach cleanups and engagement- shout out against overfishing Aquatic Park, San Francisco 10AM-1PM
April 24 Earth Day Beach Cleanup Southern California Chapter with Newport Landing Whale Watching Newport Beach (all day).
April 29, 4PM Why Save Sharks and How, Shark Panel with the (IOFF). May 21, 4 PM Endangered Species Day. Conversation with experts on endangered mantas, hammerheads, whales and the Endangered Species Act hosted by David McGuire. Facebook Live.
(all times Pacific Daylight Time)
May 6 Art For Sharks A Conversation with artists and board member Pamela Comstock 6:30 PM on Facebook Live
June 8 World Oceans Day Venue TBD
More information on our events page.
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With your support, we keep sharks swimming and the ocean healthy.
Shark Stewards is a 4 star Charity Navigator, Platinum Ranked Guidestar ranked charity as a proud project of the Earth Island Institute.
We are seeking corporate sponsors and donations to support our online education series and community engagement program. Can you help?
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April 19, 2021 @ 10:00 pm
April 20, 2021 @ 7:00 am
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