We rely on the oceans for our present and our future well being, but the oceans are ill. Sea Stewards Healthy Oceans Initiative integrates three core components advocating ocean health and protecting marine life from plankton to sharks.
- Pollution Prevention: Plastics Reduction, Marine Debris Clean Up Programs
- We partner with the Surfrider Foundation and The California Coastal Conservancy in beach clean ups, and support plastic bag and styrofoam minimization legislation.
- Sustainable Fisheries Forage Fish, Fishermen to the Plate, Shark Sanctuary
- Sea Stewards supports sustainable restaurants like Fish and Tataki sourcing their fish.
- We work with our Asian partners to educate on the threats to sharks
- Shark Stewardship Research, Shark Education, and Advocacy
Sea Stewards is partnering with local fishermen of Team Fishfinders and the California Academy of Sciences in a long term San Francisco Bay shark study. First begun in 2008 with the San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay, our team continued marking and recapturing sevengill sharks (Notorhynchus cepediana) in the San Francisco Bay to determine growth, movements and population demographics of these enigmatic sharks.
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. Go to our research page for preliminary results and citations.
Education: Shark Stewards
Education programs include our Shark Stewardship program of public lectures, school events like KIDS LOVE SHARKS and working with non profits to develop shark-ecosystem based classroom and field experiences.
Conservation of sharks and ocean ecosystems are at the core of our film production and advocacy program. We work in policy like sponsoring AB 376, The California Shark Conservation Bill; Shark Sanctuary San Francisco and supporting AB 1299, the Forage Fish Bill and plastics and marine debris legislation.