March News- Shark Films & CITES

Sharks at the Ocean Film Festival
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Sharkwater and the International Ocean Film Festival, San Francisco
Action For Sharks
Save the Wedgefish
Engaging and Inspiring Youth
 Sharkwater Extinction Opens the International Ocean Film Festival, San Francisco with Shark StewardsIn 2006 Sharkwater opened the world’s eyes to the threats to sharks caused by shark finning. The film motivated activists to rise up and fight shark finning and the devastating shark fin trade. Tragically, Rob died in a diving accident while making this film, but his family and team finished it to continue the fight to save sharks. Join us for opening night March 7 and help us TAKE ACTION FOR SHARKS at the  International Ocean Film Festival, San Francisco. Since 2003 Shark Stewards have fought against shark finning and the fin trade. The festival has four days of ocean films, including our 12th annual shark films, followed by a panel on sharks Saturday, March 9.
Largely unrecognized, the giant guitarfish (Rhynchobatus djiddensis), also known as the whitespotted wedgefish is a large species of guitarfish, a type of ray. These beautiful rays are disappearing from Malaysia, Indonesia and other areas of their limited range. These are one of the most sought after elasmobranchs in southeast Asia (particularly Indonesia), with the dorsal fins and upper caudal fin considered to be premium quality with the highest prices. A set of fins from a single individual have been reported to have brought over US$900/lb (Chen 1996). Shark Stewards is joining Shark Research Institute in Sri Lanka to list these disappearing fish in May under CITES Appendix II. Other species considered include shortfin and longfin Mako, and 6 species of guitarfish all endangered by the shark fin trade. 

TAKE ACTION FOR SHARKSSign the shark fin ban petition and social share on Instagram!
Join the Shark Team: Volunteer opportunities!On the scene lead to coordinate at the film event;Handout design on sharks to campaign at CITES;Booth design ideas and activities for our outreach efforts;Building our Shark Stewards Instagram presence;Booties on the ground at our events;Shark catch data collection, report writing San Francisco
Give Us your Kid- Stewards for Ocean Health
Our children’s health depends on the health of the oceans. The Aquatic Park Stewards program teaches hundreds annually about marine ecosystems (which includes sharks!) and how to take action to protect the Bay. We are seeking local youth groups and community to grow our movement to save sharks, reduce plastic and protect ocean health. Join us every second Sunday, and March 10 on our community cleanup or for an EcoBlitz with National Geographic March 18-24. Company groups and teambuilders welcome.
 EventsMarch 1-April 1 Islands of Sanctuary Photo Exhibit Original Images Taste of Rome, Sausalito
March 3 World Wildlife Day for Sharks- Celebrate and share our finny friends online.
March 7-10 International Ocean Film Festival, San Francisco Sharkwater Extinction- opening night. Sharks on Saturday with a panel on sharks March 9. Ocean heroes and all films ocean. Check our Calendar for more events!
March 10 Beach cleanup and marine debris survey with the Ocean Film Festival. Aquatic Park, San Francisco. Bring a kid9:00-10:00AM
March 16 Run 4 Kids, Saving Sharks Corona- 100 Mile Club
March 17 Luck ‘o the Irish Catalina Dive, Ecodive Center, Long Beach
March 18-24 EcoBlitz CA with National Geographic- a statewide urban to ocean plastics and species data collection with youth.
April 4 Wild Sharks of Borneo Bamboo Reef SCUBA Shop. Film, Mixer, Raffle. 6:30-9:00PM
April 6 MPAs on the Bay– Berkeley Bay Festival, Shorebird Park 10:00AM-4:00PM
April 12 Sharks, Sanctuary and MPAs Pizza, Beer and Presentation at NCUPS, San Mateo
April 13 Wildlife Conservation Network– Spring Expo Canada College Redwood City, CA
April 14  Blue Serengeti- Safari West Earth Day, 3115 Porter Creek Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 
April 24 Wildlife Wednesday, Pixar Studios- Emeryville 11-2 Contact to volunteer.
April 27, 28
  SFO Dive Show, Santa Clara Community Center, CA
May 4,5  Long Beach SCUBA Show, – Visit booth 810, Volunteers wanted! 
With your support, we keep sharks swimming and the ocean healthy.
Shark Stewards is a 4 star Charity Navigator, Platinum Guidestar ranked charity and a proud project of the Earth Island Institute.
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