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May Newsletter- EU Shark Fin Trade Ban, Shark Films & Events

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Stopping the Global Shark Fin Trade Following shark fin trade bans in Canada, the USA, (and soon the UK), the major source of shark fin exports is currently from the European Union. Europe now accounts for 45% of shark fins entering the Asian markets, according to a recent study by the International Federation of Animal Welfare. Led by Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, France and Italy, EU countries have become the world’s major supplier of the shark fin trade to Asia.

On 11 January 2023, 1.1 million signatures of the European Citizens’ Initiative “Stop Finning – Stop the Trade” were submitted to the European Commission in support of a trade ban on severed fins.Support our colleagues Stop Finning EU, in Europe to urge members of the European Parliament to support banning the trade of shark fin. 
Share the #FinBanNow movement to protect endangered sharks through action and on social media. 
Click the link below to send a pre- written, or custom email to Members of the European Parliament Fisheries and Environment Committees.

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Films to Save Fins
Shark Stewards was born through the production of our first advocacy film Sharks Stewards of the Reef in 2006. This documentary was used to advocate for the establishment of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and the first shark fin trade bans.

Join us at the Dana Point Film Festival, World Whale Film Festival and other screenings in Hawaii, where we begin a new film production on sharks, culture and conservation supporting the proposed Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Marine Sanctuary and increasing protection for critically endangered oceanic sharks like Oceanic Whitetip and Hammerhead sharks.

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Help the Kids, Clean the Beach and Get Healthy
We are a team of passionate ocean lovers engaging kids and community, protecting habitat, and saving sharks across the Pacific. Our mental health, physical health, and spiritual health, are all integrated into Ocean Health. We can all participate in the healing together. Join us at one of our outdoor events or cleanups, or host your own. We love to work with youth and corporate groups to get to the ocean and be the solution!

Cookiecutter shark Isistius brasiliensis  Illustration courtesy © FAO

Unprovoked – the Cookiecutter Shark

First discovered during an exploratory voyage between 1817-1820 by French naturalists Jean René Constant Quoy and Joseph Paul Giamard, the cookiecutter shark is one of the more bizarre species of shark to rise from the depths. 

The cookiecutter shark will attach itself to its host, twist its body in a circle and remove a plug of flesh. This shark has highly specialized dentition, latching on with its upper teeth, and using its lower teeth to “suck and scoop” out the flesh. The tell-tale scar of the cookiecutter shark is observed on whales, sealions and dolphins. Normally a deep-water species that migrates vertically at night, the occasional marathon open-water swimmer also falls prey to this form of ambush predation!

According to records maintained by International Shark Attack File, 2019 was the year of the cookiecutter shark. This species was responsible for three of the 64 global attacks in 2019. All three bites were on long-distance swimmers training in Hawaii’s Ka’iwi Channel at night. Read more about this unusual shark, and unprovoked versus provoked categorization of shark attacks.Learn More
Events and How to Get Involved

May 6,7 
 Sharks in the Dana Point Film Festival Join us for a screening of our film Alice in Borneo’s Ocean Wonderland, visit us at our table and join us for a special screening of the new animated film Manō  with director Brittany Biggs at the first Dana Point Film Festival. 
June 24 Beach cleanup with Newport Back Bay Science Center. Volunteers contact Maria.
July 22  World Whale & Dolphin Day, Dana Point Whale watching and Shark Education-onboard Captain Dave’s Watching, again hosting our EcoHeroes.  Meet our shark team and sign up for a discounted trip.

October 7 Run for Sharks and Ocean Health Fair- 5k/1mile fun run or walk, ocean festival to benefit our ocean youth program.

June 11 World Ocean Day 
Snap Shot California Coast- Join us with the California Academy of Sciences on a summer solstice Snapshot of the California Coast, searching for sharks, seastars and surprising species in the San Francisco Bay in Aquatic Park San Francisco. Volunteer lead needed!

May 13th 0730-11am Charity Walk, Beach cleanup and Benefit for the Keikei  Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, HI 
June 7, 8 World Ocean Day with World Whale Film Festival, Maui Screening of our film and other ocean films to benefit the Pacific Whale Foundation.
July 22  8 am – 11:30 am Get Into Your Sanctuary Day Celebration Mā‘ili Beach Park, Waianae, Oahu

Support the establishment of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Marine SanctuaryDonateThanks to Irvine Subaru for their silver level sponsorship of the 7th Annual Run4Sharks!

We are seeking additional sponsors for our Annual Run for Sharks & Ocean Health Fair supporting our youth ocean education programs.
Please join us, donate or click the volunteer button and help us save sharks and protect ocean health wherever you live! With your support, we keep sharks swimming and the ocean healthy.Shark Stewards is 4-star rated 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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