Shark Stewards and Earth Protect Launch Alliance during Sharktober

(October 5, 2014) San Francisco CA

For Immediate Distribution

Contact: David McGuire, Director Shark Stewards

(415) 350-3790

Sharksteward(at)gmail.com

The San Francisco Bay non-profit Shark Stewards announces an alliance with the California and Colorado based Earth Protect to reach a world audience to save sharks and protect fragile ocean habitat. The partnership is being announced during Sharktober, a series of San Francisco Bay Area education and outreach events developed by Shark Stewards to celebrate sharks and help protect them.

“We are thrilled to join up with the media and messaging excellence of Earth Protect,” said David McGuire, Director of Shark Stewards. “Sharktober is about celebrating the return of the white sharks to our Sanctuary after their cross-ocean migration. We use these events to educate and motivate the public to protect sharks, and with Earth Project’s media and marketing experience we will reach a worldwide audience.” 

“Earth Protect is excited to partner with an effective grassroots ocean conservation and education groups like Shark Stewards, said Carol Barbeito, Ph.D., Co-founder, President and Managing Director of Earth Protect. “We join forces with effective groups to inspire through video and digital media, the global adoption of cultural, environmental and economic solutions for a restorative future.”

Created by Shark Stewards to motivate education and protection for sharks and ocean health, Sharktober is an annual shark celebration with public events including talks, films and Farallon Island Expeditions.  Sharktoberfest events partner with the National Marine Sanctuary, the California Academy of Sciences, the California Coastal Conservancy and other NGOS others. This year’s campaign is directed at reducing the shark fin trade by commercial airlines.

Shark Stewards is a Bay Area non-profit at the forefront of the local and global movement to save sharks, ban the shark fin trade, stop illegal shark finning and establish shark sanctuaries. Earth Protect, inspires through video and digital media, the global adoption of cultural, environmental and economic solutions for a restorative future.

By creating this partnership, both Earth Protect and Shark Stewards increase their mission impact and engage more people in support of a sustainable future.

About Shark Stewards

Shark Stewards is at the forefront of the local and global movement to save sharks, ban the shark fin trade, stop illegal shark finning and establish shark sanctuaries. They lead efforts to educate and establish marine protected areas and ban the shark fin trade in North America, and are expanding across the Pacific into Asia with a Pacific Shark Alliance. Shark Stewards is a project of The Earth Island Institute, an environmentalist think tank and is a 501c3 non-profit. Shark Stewards is dedicated to conserving our oceans through the protection of sharks.

About Earth Protect

Earth Protect tells stories of people and organizations protecting the Earth. We inspire, through video and digital media, the global adoption of cultural, environmental and economic solutions for a restorative future. Earth Protect offers thousands of videos and blog articles and connections to over 50 environmental partners, covering global sustainability issues. Through our site, and social media outreach, we reach millions of people around the world.  Educators, students, interested businesses and world citizens will find information here that supports, challenges and expands their current understanding of the issues facing our worldwide society. www.earthprotect.com

About Sharktober

Director of Shark Stewards, David McGuire launched Sharktober and Sharktoberfest celebrations in 2008 to celebrate the return of the white sharks to our Sanctuary offshore, and to educate and motivate the public to protect sharks. The first campaign was to drive support for the now successful California Shark Fin Ban introduced by Sea Stewards (now Shark Stewards).  Since that time we have used these events with our partners at the California Academy of Sciences, the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, the California Coastal Conservancy and other NGOS and agencies to reach over 10,000 directly in the Bay Area.

Sharktober events initiated with a filming of Extinction Soup with Patagonia San Francisco, and will host a Nightlife sharktoberfest with the California Academy of Sciences, a Sharktoberfest Celebration with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and culminate with a Sharkoween film and costume party with the San Francisco Green Film Festival.  School and field events will occur all month, including expeditions into the Gulf of the Farallones.  For full event schedule see calendar at www.sharkstewards.org

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