Saving Endangered Sharks Through Art, and Community Action

November News 2023

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We have just returned from an expedition in Eastern Baja with our Mexican partners Pelagios Kakunja, meeting with shark fishermen, filming, and searching for hammerhead sharks, as part of a proposal to create a protected swim-way for marine megafauna in the Gulf of California.

The Gulf is a unique area and destination for divers, yet the charismatic and once abundant scalloped hammerhead shark is now approaching functional extinction here. Sponsored by the Ignite Foundation, we sailed 250 miles, met with over 20 fishermen and free-dived remote locations seeking sharks. We didn’t see a single living shark while diving, including off the remote island of Las Animas, once famous for its shark alley. We did see a lot of fished sharks, but we also received hopeful input from the fishermen who are interested in replacing shark fishing with ecotourism. On another hopeful note, we were greeted by two whale sharks while entering La Paz Bay!

Ecotourism in La Paz, and at nearby Cabo Pulmo are examples of how dive-ecotourism can support conservation and marine protection. Our goal is to extend this up into the Gulf, connecting protected places with a no fishing migratory pathway. Follow us on this exciting partnership and endeavor to save endangered sharks at of the world’s great shark Hope Spots! 

David McGuire, Director
Shark Stewards
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Watch the trailer on diving with Whale Sharks with Pelagios Kakunja

Give- and Get the Gift of Sharks Art for Sharks Benefit Auction

I don’t like to ask for money. I prefer to be in the classroom, in the field or in the policy arena influencing shark and marine habitat protection. But I love to share the work of our generous artists who have donated their art to support Shark Stewards in our Art for Sharks program starting today on Giving Tuesday, through the end of the year. 

Check out the original art donated by photographer Kelly Bracken, Painters Dana James Lamb and Caleb Cove, Illustrators Sean Nelms and Madison Clell, and Sculptor Kevin McHughes. 
Donate on the Charity auction site Better World, and be rewarded with art, and help save critically endangered sharks. 

View the Art

On Giving Tuesday, We Are Giving a Free Screening and Talk at UC Berkeley
Today, on Giving Tuesday, we are giving a lecture on our community based conservation initiatives at UC Berkeley and showing the film Sharks of the Sea of Cortes, A Lost Treasure? Hosted by the Ocean Society, the public is welcome to join at 630PM, 145 McCone Hall, for a film and conversation on shark and habitat protection in Baja.

Learn more about our work in Mexico and Indonesia creating community based shark conservation areas. Dive in with Shark Stewards and immerse yourself in the world of marine conservation on one of our expeditions.


Act Today to Save Sharks
To keep sharks swimming, it is urgent we protect them, including the ecosystems they inhabit. 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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