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Shark Campaigns and Activities
Thanks to a grant by the California Coastal Conservancy and Patagonia our shark watchprogram has fledged with hundreds of shark observations recorded and have conducted several pier programs educating student ambassadors and the fishing public about local sharks and rays. Our world ocean day and Sharktober events engaged youth leaders and reached thousands of local youth and public celebrating sharks and saving the oceans.
We are also developing educational tools on local sharks and rays. Check out this weird local beastie the Frill shark and watch for a new shark guide on local sharks in 2015.
We are leading the Golden Gate Marine Protected Collaborative, a grass roots group which includes fishermen, educators, scientists, NOAA, aquaria, docents, beach walkers and other NGOs, creating an ambassador programeducating, supporting science and facilitating compliance in our local marine protected areas. Watch for information and workshops including an MPA panel at the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival February 27 –March 1.
Join our current public campaign urging the world’s largest airline and first North American carrier, United Airlines to stop shipments of shark fin. Our work with a Hong Kong Shark Alliance sending letters and emails, applying petitions and using press is convincing 5 Asian hotel chains to stop serving shark fin soup and 25 airlines from transporting shark fin as cargo.
By announcing a policy to drop shark fin on hundreds of aircraft we will cut the supply chain and send a huge message to the world that sharks are more valuable alive than dead.
Please Sign the Petition.
We have many victories to be grateful for this year, from more state shark fin bans to increased marine protection. Currently we are negotiating with United Airlines to make a statement joining 25 other air carriers to stop the shipment of shark fin as cargo.Please join me and add your voice, so we can celebrate sharks into the new year.
Next month we will be returning to Asia tracking the shark fin trade, documenting endangered species on a National Geographic grant, and returning to Semporna Malaysia, to continue development of the shark sanctuary. I will be wishing you a happy new year from 30,000 feet and look forward to sharing our adventures and success on ourOcean Voices blog!
Everyone is asking for your money this time of year, but we do a lot for a little.
Supporting our United Airlines Campaign and Texas Shark Fin Ban, we rely on donations to fund shark fin advocacy that foundations will not. If you can make a tax deductible donation it will go a long way towards shark and ocean protection.
Thank you for fighting for the ocean and sharks!
Learn more about the Shark Stewards back story in the Earth Island Journal.
To continue this work into the future we are building a new board and structure, and seeking new sources of support. Please consider joining us.
This season, give the gift of sharks.
Check out our Shark Store for some cool gift ideas, or Adopt a Shark for the Holidays!
Shark Stewards is a non profit project of The Earth Island Institute
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Shark Stewards is a grass-roots effort to educate, motivate and advocate shark fin legislation and increase shark protection through shark sanctuaries. We fight for sharks.