Shark populations are threatened globally from over fishing and the shark fin trade. Sharks are critical for ocean health, and ultimately human health and that health is in decline.
Shark Stewards fights for sharks through policy, awareness and creating shark sanctuaries. As originators of the California Shark Fin Bill, we have successfully reduced the trade of fins in California, but also in 7 other states and abroad.
We are working in Asia to reduce trade through Hong Kong, and in anti finning policy in other countries such as New Zealand.
Creating marine protected areas- shark Sanctuaries- in regions critical for feeding, reproduction and nurseries will help maintain populations that are impacted elsewhere. The San Francisco Bay is one such critical region where several species of sharks are feeding, breeding and giving birth in the Bay. These sharks are fished outside the gate, but also face impacts in the nursery from fishing, pollution and habitat loss. We need to work abroad to protect sharks but we can start at home.
Supporting our swimmers will help us gain press, but also fund research into how best to protect local species of shark and habitat. These funds will support a science intern's work compiling fisheries records and shark population data into a comprehensive report to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to support shark and marine protection.
What We Need & What You Get
Break it down for folks in more detail:
- We are seeking $2750 to pay a student intern to research shark fisheries records in the Bay region, evaluate historical population and catch and help us make recommendations to fisheries managers on how best to protect local shark populations through a shark sanctuary
- Your gift will support a researcher, help advance them into master's candidacy, and the research will justify marine protection in the Bay
- The report will help us to protect sharks and critical habitat in the Bay and help create the first shark sanctuary in North America!
- Your perks will be a great shark celebration and possibly seeing a real great white shark in the wild!
- If we do not reach our goal the campaign will continue and we will use these funds to help find a match to support our intern. As a project of part of the Earth Island Institute all funds are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law.
Protecting sharks protects the health and balance of fish populations and marine ecosystems. Our short video and social media push during the swim will help the world recognize that sharks are in trouble world wide and need our help.
We fight for sharks here at home and in Asia creating shark sanctuaries and fighting the shark fin trade.
Other Ways You Can Help
- Make some some noise about the Swim for Sharks campaign through twitter, Facbook, instagram and other social media.
- Invite your friends and come to our shark benefit party or other sharktober events this year, or join us for our swim next year!
- Watch for our other events and campaigns to protect sharks
- You can also use the Indiegogo share tools!