Shark Stewards mission is to restore ocean health by saving apex predators such as sharks, and protecting critical marine habitat through the establishment of marine protected areas and shark sanctuaries.
Started 2 petitions
Ban Single Use Plastics
Plastic pollution caused by single use containers and other product packaging is having a serious effect on the health of humans, wildlife, oceans, and waterways in California, where the impacts are particularly acute. It is estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. The USA currently recycles less than 10% of plastic waste that is marked recyclable. An October 2019 report by the San Francisco Estuary Institute revealed that the San Francisco Bay has some of the highest levels of microplastics measured anywhere to date, and many of the particles appear to be linked to single-use plastic items. A June 2019 study by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute found that microplastic concentration in Monterey Bay exceeds that of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and that the primary source was plastic associated with food, beverage, and other consumer goods. The same study also found that small marine animals are consuming these microplastics, thus introducing the particles into the food web that feeds California. Mislabeling and misleading consumers that their products are recyclable is a form of consumer fraud. These companies are responsible for tons of toxic plastic entering the oceans, and are using plastic packaging without regard to environment, climate and human health. We join Earth Island Institute, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Shark Stewards, the International Marine Mammal Project, and 1000 Fountains in demanding the end of mass produced, non recoverable plastic packaging. We, the undersigned condemn single use plastic pollution and urge these major plastic pollution companies to reduce single use plastic packaging, improve labeling, provide increased and verifiable flow from the consumer to recycling. Learn more at https://sharkstewards.org/plastic-lawsuit/
Save Borneo Sun Bears
Hello, my name is Violet Jaiyi Zeng (曾嘉懿). I am a Chinese- born high school student in Los Angeles California. In the summer of 2019 I visited the jungles of Borneo on an internship with Shark Stewards Director David McGuire to make a film on wildlife and wildlife trade. I fell in love with the Malayan Sun Bears (Helarctos m. malayanus). Sun Bears (Helarctos malayanus) are the smallest bears on Earth, and live only in SE Asia and Southern China. These bears are threatened by the pet trade, loss of habitat and Loss of habitat from deforestation and poaching have caused them to disappear from much of their range. The Malayan sun bear population has declined by at least 30% in the last 30 years leading to these charming bears to be classified as 'vulnerable' in 2007. This means they are at high risk of extinction in the wild (IUCN 2007). Sun bears face threats from hunting, deforestation and degradation of habitat and in the pet trade. Watch our new film Save Borneo Sun Bears and Take Action Below. Sun bears are primarily hunted for their gall bladders (for use in Chinese folk medicine) and bear paws (as an expensive delicacy). In China and Vietnam, bile is milked from bears while they are still alive on bear farms. In Malaysia, bears are poached for their bladders and paws for traditional medicine and 70% is exported. Killing sun bears is illegal in all of their native counties but is largely uncontrolled. The main causes in Borneo are plantation development, unsustainable or illegal logging and human-caused fires. In Sumatra and Borneo, large-scale conversion of forest to oil palm or other cash crops is proceeding at a rate of 1,000s of km² per year (Holmes 2002). https://savesunbears.com Sun bear cubs are incredibly cute and there is a high demand for them as pets. The mother is killed and the orphaned cub is removed from the wild and commonly kept in small cages with inadequate care. These bears are keystone species critical for the health of the rainforest ecosystems and are rapidly disappearing. For these reasons we ask you to make bear bile and body parts illegal, prohibit all exports of bear and other protected species like pangolin, protect rainforests and support rehabilitation efforts such as those of the Sun Bear Borneo Conservation Center in Sabah.