Spring Ahead for Sharks- April News

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Singing the blues? Supported by board member Jeff Morrison, we free dived and filmed blue sharks 15 miles offshore in San Diego. Surrounded by a super pod of common dolphins and lunge feeding humpback whales, we captured images using our 360 camera and using the Trident ROV (above). The most common large species in the shark fin trade, these beautiful sharks are fading into the blue. A proposed listing under CITES failed, but there is hope to protect them under the Convention of Migratory Species. We were lucky to find two of these beautiful sharks to film for a new documentary.
Check out our Blue Shark blog on National Geographic.

Action For Sharks
Special Screening 700 Sharks with International Ocean Film Festival San Francisco
Volunteer Profile
Earth Day EcoBlitz-Engaging and Inspiring Youth

Shark Stewards is joining the US Department of Fish and Wildlife and The Shark Research Institute to support two species of Mako sharks, 10 species of Wedgefish and six species of guitarfish under CITES Appendix II in Sri Lanka. Globally Mako sharks are disappearing from overfishing and the shark fin trade. Called “Qun Chi ” or the King of Shark Fin in the shark fin trade, the species of giant guitarfish and wedgefish have among the highest valued fins and are severely threatened. Appendix II listing will make trade in fins from these species illegal without permit and require in-country management plans by signatories. We are seeking sponsors to support campaign materials, fees and travel to Sri Lanka.  
Donate extra airline miles to bring us to Sri Lanka in May!

 SPECIAL SCREENINGS of 700 SHARKS                
Did you see the film 700 Sharks at the International Ocean Film Festival, San Francisco? IOFFSF is offering two opportunities to see the film again – one in San Francisco and one in Marin. Both screenings will be followed by an interactive discussion with David McGuire, Founder and Director of Shark Stewards. Purchase San Rafael tickets April 17, or Delancy Theater San Francisco April 18, or the screenings and we look forward to seeing you there! If you only saw 350 sharks-contact below for more information on seeing the entire film. 
Questions? Please email Annie Greene at annie@intloceanfilmfest.org

 Earth Day Ecoblitz- Stewards for Ocean Health Our children’s health depends on the health of the oceans. The Aquatic Park Stewards program teaches hundreds annually about marine ecosystems (which includes sharks!) and how to take action to protect the Bay. Join our movement to save sharks, reduce plastic and protect ocean health every second Sunday, and on Earth Day. Company groups and team builders welcome.

VOLUNTEER PROFILE Meet Samira Pingali– our Super Volunteer Coordinator. We do a lot of outreach events and rely on hundreds of passionate volunteers to advocate for sharks. Samira helps them help sharks! Having grown up in the Philippines, Mexico, and Italy, Samira spent much of her childhood by the water. From an early age, she was aware of how different cultures use the ocean in unique and respectful ways. Samira recently moved to Oakland from New York City, where she was getting her master’s in Public Health. Her main areas of focus are mental health, environmental health and healthy sharks!  

Since 2003 Shark Stewards has fought against shark finning and the fin trade to save sharks from extinction.  Sign the shark fin ban petition, social share on Instagram or donate to support our work. Or come to our events and volunteer!

Events & Volunteer Opportunities
April 12 Sharks, Sanctuary and MPAs Pizza, Beer and Presentation at NCUPS, San Mateo
April 13 Wildlife Conservation Network– Spring Expo Canada College Redwood City, CA
April 14  Safari West Earth Day, 3115 Porter Creek Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 
April 17 Wildlife Wednesday, Pixar Studios- Emeryville 11:00-1:00PM
April 19 Blue Serengeti-  Lecture and Film & Dinner. Sonoma700PM
April 20 Earth Day EcoBlitz and marine debris survey. Aquatic Park, San Francisco. 10AM-1PM
 Lecture and Film Safari West, Sonoma
April 25 Sharks of the SeaSharks of the Bay Northern California Conservation Series hosted by Oakland Zoo 7:00PM-9M
April 27, 28  SFO Dive Show, Santa Clara Community Center, CA
April 27 Explorers Club Northern CA Dinner and presentation.
April 28 Aquatic Park Beach Cleanup with Bamboo Reef 10AM-12PM 
April 28 Hope Spot for the Bay with Dr. Sylvia Earle- Discovery Day at Estuary Ocean Science Center Tiburon Lab 1-4PM
May 4,5  Long Beach SCUBA Show, – Visit booth 810
May 7 Sharks with West LA Divers- Ecodive Center Culver City Mixer and Film.
May 8 Oakland USD Science Fair, Chabot Museum 5-8PM
May 9 Sharkwater Extinction UC Berkeley- film screening and discussion Hosted by the Cal Berkeley Ocean Society 630PM
May 11 Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Open House and 50 Year Celebration 10AM-4PM
May 11  Sea Salon- Shark Art at Ocean Beach- dinner, wine and benefit. RSVP.
May 14 Coast and Ocean Lecture Series, Film and Lecture on Sharks a CITES Aquarium of the Bay 6:30-9:00PM

May 20- June 3. Sharks at CITES Sri Lanka
June 8-28 Restoration Ecology Field Course Borneo
June 29- July 15, Indonesia MPA and Shark Survey, Lombok Island
August-Sept 10  Timor Leste MPA, Shark Protection and Shark Sanctuary Filming and survey

September 28 Sharktoberfest at the Sanctuary
September 14, 21 Farallon Island Expeditions Book Here
October 7-13 Guadalupe Island White Shark Expedition– Exclusive trip lead by shark stewards. Tickets Available
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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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