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A Plastic Ocean, An Ocean Without Sharks

Is this the future? The oceans are filling up with plastic at the rate of 8 million metric tons per year. One study estimates the San Francisco Bay has one of the highest concentrations of microplastics in the world. Scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish by weight. We are putting too much plastic in and taking too many fish out. 
 
Keep the Plastic Out of the Ocean and the Sharks in the Sea

This week, Shark Stewards, as part of the Earth Island Institute, has filed a lawsuit against the major plastic manufacturers to hold them responsible for plastic pollution. Read the press release


Last week the National Marine Fisheries Service Chief Chris Oliver came out with an unusual statement that shark fin bans will not protect sharks.  Under US Law, all sharks must be landed with fins attached (excepting smooth dogfish), but they can sell the fin in states without shark fin bans. Florida shark fishermen claim that fins value 50% or more of all sales. This infers that without the demand for shark fins (nearly all are exported to Asia) it is unlikely the fishery would continue without this market. Over 100 million sharks are killed for fins each year, and our US shark fisheries are contributing to the problem by feeding the demand. As Shark Stewards works to educate consumers and intervene shark fin imports into Asia, supporting shark fin bans in the West helps reduce the demand and the flow East. Just last month 1400 pounds of shark fin was confiscated at a Miami port headed for Asia, valuing around 1 million dollars. Shark fins caught legally are mixed with illegal fins in the world market and their traceability is nearly impossible once they are in the hands of traders.This make US part pf the problem.

Fisheries managers should apply science to proper management, not politics. Shark fin bans raise awareness across the Pacific as they reduce the flow of illegally or unsustainably killed sharks. This is why we are urging NMFS to ban new longline fisheries and support the US Shark Fin Ban.
If you are a Florida resident or have family and friends in the state, please contact your House Representative and Senator to Support HB 401 As we support laws like this in the USA including the US Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, we are also an international organization with chapters in Asia targeting consumption and trade. Join us!

Shark Movie Night Series Begins

Saving sharks can be fun. Whats the campiest shark movie you have ever seen, and want to see again? Join us for the shark movie contest and watch it at Sports Basement, Berkeley February 28.
See our Event Schedule below or host your own movie night and raise money to save sharks.

Fighting Ocean Plastic Pollution

 This week Shark Stewards joined Earth Island Institute and fellow projects holding Big Plastic accountable.  A lawsuit has been filed against the major single use plastic manufacturers including Coca Cola and Nestle, holding them responsible for the millions of tons of plastic impacting ocean health each year. 
Reducing plastic pollution saves sharks and protects ocean health. Join one of our beach cleanups, or dive with Bamboo Reef on an MPA dive and cleanup near San Francisco in March. Through plastic pollution prevention you can save sharks and ocean health wherever you live. 
           

GET INVOLVED
Events & Volunteer Opportunities
We are looking for event planners and display content providers, development and fund-raising help, and new activists to lead the FedEX campaign. We have upcoming events in California including beach cleanups, lectures and the Ocean Film Festival. We can’t save the ocean without you, and we need your special skills!  Contact us to help.

EVENTS

  • February 28  Shark Movie Night Series Sports Basement, Berkeley 630-9PM (Submit your funniest, worst or scariest shark movie and win a T shirt!) and join us for a viewing in the first of a series.
  • February 29- May- Richardson Bay Citizen Science Kayak Adventures Join Shark Stewards collecting data on wildlife and habitat by kayak with these  Air BnB Experiences in Sausalito.
  • March 12-15 International Ocean Film Festival, San Francisco-ocean films, panel discussions and more. Join us on Shark Saturday March 14 at 1PM! Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Tickets available. Volunteer opportunities.
  • March 15 Aquatic Park Marine Litter Survey and Cleanup San Francisco 0900
  • March 21 Sharks and Science Carnival at the Chabot Science Center 10AM-5PM  10000 Redwood Highway, Oakland CA
  • April 18 Earth Day at the Oakland Zoo 10AM-4 PM
  • April 19 Earth Day Safari West Sonoma 
  • April 25 Wildlife Conservation Network Conference Canada College, Redwood City 100-5PM

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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