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Final Public Comment Ends to Support the Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Sanctuary

Shark Stewards Newsletter May 08, 2024

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Support the Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Sanctuary

Tiger sharks rely on large tracts of protected waters to survive like the newly proposed Sanctuary, (Papahānaumokuākea featured in our first film Sharks Stewards of the Reef)Over twenty years ago I had the opportunity to sail and film in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (aka the Kupuna Islands); an archipelago of islands and coral reefs of great cultural significance to Hawaiians, but also ecological and historical value to all Americans. The experience, helped document what became the designation of the first Marine National Monument now called the Papahānaumokuākea. A significant breeding site for endangered monk seals and sea turtles, thousands of nesting seabirds such as the magnificent Laysan Albatross, and home to the Manō (sharks), these are the healthiest and largest intact reef system in the N. Pacific. 

The Papahānaumokuākea- Because Marine Megafauna Need Room to Safely Roam
We are supporting increased management, protection and science under NOAA in the proposed sanctuary area of approximately 582,250 square miles. The agency’s preferred boundary overlaps with the marine portions of the monument.
The addition of a national marine sanctuary would provide regulatory and management tools to augment and strengthen existing protections for Papahānaumokuākea ecosystems, wildlife, and cultural and maritime heritage resources. The draft management plan reflects five priority areas of sanctuary management:resource protection and conservation research and monitoring governance and operations partnerships and constituent engagement education, interpretation, and mentoringPlease add your voice or sign onto the organization letter linked below.

Add Your Voice (Comment period Closed)

Honor an Educator- National Teachers Day

Hundreds of urban youth learn science at the STEM Fest with Oakland City SchoolsToday is National Teachers Day- a day to recognize the passion and commitment educators have in our lives. Thank a teacher- or volunteer and help educate youth learning about the ocean with our Sharks and Oceans Academy!
Support Youth Ocean Education and the Kahu ManōIn April we launched a gofundme to support the Kahu Manō campaign to regulate retention and bycatch of critically endangered oceanic whitetip sharks. Please contribute and share to support the campaign, also benefiting underserved youth in our new Sharks and Ocean Academy.

Saving Endangered Sharks From Bycatch

One third of all sharks including the Oceanic Whitetip and Scalloped Hammerhead are imminently threatened with extinction. Join us at a film screening, volunteer, and help us save sharks from overfishing, and protect their habitat. 
Learn more, and sign our petition to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission to reduce shark bycatch below.

To keep sharks swimming, it is urgent we work together with Communities and Conservation. Join the team and help keep sharks and marine ecosystems alive and thriving!

With your support, we keep sharks swimming and the ocean healthy. We value your time, your passion, and any size donation.Shark Stewards is rated highest by Charity Navigator, Platinum-ranked by GuideStar, a member of 1% for the Planet, and a proud project of the Earth Island Institute, a federally registered 501(c)3 non profit.

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