Grants & Shark Watch

Sea Stewards Research is Grant and Donor Driven.  Thanks to the following institutions for their support:

Grantors Include:

The California Academy of Sciences

The Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Threshold Foundation

The Rose Foundation


The California Coastal Conservancy

The shark conservation program is continuing under the Earth Island Institute and the California Academy of Sciences in a long term evaluation of San Francisco Bay shark species. Continuing with tagging work started with the San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay, our team is marking and recapturing sevengill sharks (Notorhynchus cepediana) in the San Francisco Bay to determine growth and population demographic

In a new study, we are studying Leopard Sharks (Triakis semifaciatus) in five locations of the bay to determine demographics, growth, site fidelity and population genetics.

Thanks to the San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay Foundation for their initial funding of the Seven Gill study with U.C Davis researcher Dr. Michele Buckhorn.

Thanks to local  Fishermen Steve Shirley and Dave Frankel of Team Fishfinders for donating their time, vessel use and expertise to continue the study in 2008 and 2009.

Our 2010 research has been supported by volunteers and with a small grant by Dr. John McCosker of the California Academy of Sciences.  The eventual goals of the Shark Program is to study the population size and relationships of all elasmobranchs in the San Francisco Bay. Due to funding challenges, this program has evolved into a citizen science shark catch and observation program through direct school outrech and the public using the SharkWatch App on iNaturalist.  This program has been supported by an education grant through the California Coastal Conservancy.