Shark Stewards mission is to protect ocean health by saving sharks from overfishing and the shark fin trade, and protecting critical marine habitat through the establishment of marine protected areas and shark sanctuaries. We intervene and regulate the shark fin trade to save sharks.
Started 6 petitions
Tell Trump No Commercial Fishing in Marine National Monuments
Industrial fishing interests in the Pacific Ocean have requested that President Trump open four marine national monuments to commercial fishing. Established by President GW Bush, these are America's healthiest protected areas in the Pacific ocean. The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council sets the fishing seasons and annual catch limits in the western Pacific. Also known as WESPAC, the council told the president that “quick action is urgently needed” to meet “exceptionally high retail demand” for canned tuna as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. The request from the council arrived in Washington a day after Trump signed an executive order unveiling a broad initiative aimed at promoting economic growth and competitiveness of the U.S. seafood industry. In 2018 President Trump directed Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Department of the Interior to review all national monument designations on federal public land since 1996 that are 100,000 acres or more in size. According to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post September 19, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created under the last 3 administrations, shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, and three marine monuments. The final revised report has been released recommending reduction in 7 National Monuments and three marine national monuments. Although currently challenged in court, mining and deforestation are currently occurring in the Bears Ears and the Staircase Escalante National Monuments in Utah, greenlighted by the Whitehouse. The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument consists of Wake, Baker, Howland, and Jarvis Islands, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, and Palmyra Atoll which lie to the south and west of Hawaii. These islands host some of the most abundant and diverse marine life in US waters and many endangered species not found elsewhere. This action could potentially impact over 1 billion acres of natural and cultural treasures on public lands and oceans that have been protected by presidents of both political parties, including one of the world's largest marine protected area. Removing this protective status will place America's most loved natural and cultural areas at risk to logging, mining, oil exploration and fishing. Under the Act, only Congress has the clear authority to reduce or nullify a monument designation, not the president. Show your support for our National Monuments and maintain their current status established by the 3 past presidents to protect our natural and cultural heritage. Fishing interests claim the protected regions are negatively affecting tuna catch. Earlier this year, a team of economists and scientists published a study in Nature that found the monuments’ expansion had “little if any negative impacts” on the catch. In fact, the team found that Hawaii’s longline fleet caught more fish after the monuments were expanded. Allowing industrial fishing in the Pacific Ocean's most healthy and pristine waters is equivalent to clear cutting the thousand year old redwoods in Sequoia National Park, destroying complex coral ecosystems and threatening sharks, sea turtles and whales. President Trump and WESTPAC leave the monuments as is and leave full protected status for these ocean treasures.
eBay- Stop Sales of Endangered Shark Parts
eBay is openly allowing the traffic of endangered shark parts, namely sawfish rostrum and shark jaws protected under the Endangered Species Act, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). A recent review shows eBay also lists shark fin products. The demand for shark fin is causing countless shark populations to crash, sending many to extinction. The sale and trade of shark fin is putting the nail of the coffin, and eBay is holding the hammer. The National Oceanic and Oceanographic Administration lists the narrow sawfish (Anoxypristis cuspidata), dwarf sawfish (Pristis clavata), largetooth sawfish (collectively Pristis pristis; formerly Pristis pristis, Pristis microdon, and Pristis perotteti), green sawfish (Pristis zijsron), and the non-U.S. DPS of smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata)—at risk of extinction throughout all of their ranges and should be considered an endangered species. All species of sawfish in the family Pristidae are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). In 2007 CITES delegates agreed to add sawfish to its Appendix 1, which "includes species threatened with extinction". Their distribution was presumably once continuous in suitable habitat, but is now severely fragmented with many populations extirpated from large parts of their former ranges and with remaining populations seriously depleted. Additionally mako jaws (Isurus oxyrinchus), listed as Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and white shark jaws (Carcharodon carcharias) listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN, are both protected under CITES Appendix II. Scores of jaws have been documented for sale on eBay as of May 4, 2020. Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction. Trade in specimens of these species is permitted only in exceptional circumstances. Appendix II includes species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival. A 2004 study of eBay sales of sawfish snouts found about 20 transactions a month. Prices averaged $119 a snout but went as high as $1,242. In 2006 eBay vowed to ban sales of smalltooth sawfish. Today sawfish rostra are selling for over $1400.00 and white shark jaws over $5000.00. It appears that eBay is allowing sellers loopholes by calling these rostra "antique" and placing the onus of CITES documentation and permitting onto the buyer, thereby violating their own policy on wildlife. All of the aforementioned species are listed by the IUCN as declining and some have been greatly reduced throughout their range and are at risk of extinction. We call on eBay to strengthen and enforce its wildlife policy to block all sales of endangered and protected species including jaws, rostra and shark fin products.
Boycott Bumble Bee Tuna
USA based Bumble Bee Foods has been bought by Taiwan's Fong Chun Formosa (FCF) Fishery Company. FCF has a deplorable record of brutal labor and illegal fishing practices including shark finning. A 2020 report by Greenpeace documents allegations included deception, physical violence, wage deductions, debt bondage, passport confiscation, and excessive working hours. Fishers interviewed also provided evidence that the vessels took part in unlawful fishing practices, such as shark finning and transferring shark fins between vessels. The fishers also provided evidence that the vessels took part in unlawful fishing practices, such as shark finning and transferring shark fins between vessels. FCF is complicit in IUU fishing and consumers of their products contributes to human rights abuse and threatens sharks and other large fish with extinction. We urge consumers to boycott Bumble Bee tuna and all products sold by FCF and their proxies and for Bumble Bee and FCF adhere to the fishing and labor practices set by the United Nations and Regional Fisheries Management Organizations.
Thank Governor Phil Murphy for Signing the New Jersey Shark Fin Ban into Law
Dear Governor Murphy, We want to thank you for your leadership in ocean health and for healthy fisheries by signing into law the Shark Fin Sales Ban in New Jersey. The state Senate passed the bill (S2905) by a vote of 33-6 in January, and the state Assembly followed suit on Monday November 25, 54-19 with one abstention. Once signed, New Jersey will become 13th US State to ban the possession, sale and trade of shark fin, and give global shark populations a chance to survive from finning and overfishing.
Fed Ex- Stop the Shipment of Shark Fin
Each year, fins from as many as 100 million sharks enter the global market. As of 2014, 25 percent of sharks and related species (e.g., rays and chimaera) are threatened with extinction. The trade in shark fin is causing the imminent extinction of many species of sharks. Given the myriad and unsustainable threats that sharks face, we must take action to ensure these animals will remain an integral part of our oceans. Eliminating the shark fin trade removes one of the biggest impediments to the continued survival of endangered shark species like hammerhead and oceanic white-tip sharks. Although shark finning is illegal in the USA, the sale and trade of fins is still allowed in most US states and shark fins are imported and re-exported thereby contributing to shark finning and other illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing of sharks. The trade in shark fin is increasing shark catch, placing more pressure on threatened species and is driving overfishing of many shark species. The transport of shark fin mixes endangered species, protected species with legally caught animals, and thereby contributes to decline of shark species globally. We ask Fed Ex to join 35 airlines including UPS, DHL and Air China and stop facilitating this unsustainable trade of endangered and threatened sharks.
Support the Shark Fin Trade Act in Canada
Join the youth of Canada to save sharks and ban the shark fin trade in our country. Driven largely by the shark fin trade and illegal fishing, over 100 million sharks and rays are killed each year up in the global fin trade. The process of shark finning is a fishing practice involving cutting the fins off the shark – often while still alive – and then tossing the shark back into the ocean where it either drowns, bleeds to death. This cruel and wasteful practice is causing dangerous declines in many species of sharks and rays globally. Shark finning is illegal in Canadian waters. However, Canada is the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia and this demand is growing. According to Statistics Canada, more than 170,000kg of shark fins were imported in 2017 – a 60 % increase from the amount imported in 2012. Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed this trade to the world in his 2006 movie, Sharkwater. Rob died tragically but his parents and team produced Sharkwater Extinction to continue to fight shark finning and the illegal, and legal shark fin trade. Over past years, Canadians have supported government bans on the trade of shark fins through the passage of city and provincial laws. In the spring of 2018, Bill S-238 was unanimously passed by the Senate Fisheries Committee, now, the House of Commons needs to pass it so that it can become law. We need your help to make sure Bill S-238 passes to keep Canada out of the cruel and inhumane shark fin trade. Bill S-238, originally introduced by Senator MacDonald introduced will stop the import and export of shark fins in Canada. The Bill, introduced by Senator Michael MacDonald in 2017, passed by an overwhelming margin by the Senate in late October. Now lead by Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly, the Ban on Shark Fin Trade Act, Canada has now passed into the House of Commons. Please join the youth of Shark Stewards Vancouver and add your name to our petition calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson to support the passage of Bill S-238 to end the import and export of shark fins. About Shark Stewards Vancouver- We are youth, many of Chinese- Canadian descent- who care about ocean health and sharks and want to see the end of the shark fin trade to save sharks. Learn more at sharkstewards.org