Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 17, 2012
Shark Stewards, a non-profit shark conservation organization based in San Francisco, announced today that it is launching a campaign to support shark conservation in Texas with support from the Humane Society of the United States. Shark Stewards’ Texas chapter is leading the campaign to advocate for legislation to ban the trade of shark fin in the state of Texas - as Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, and Illinois have successfully accomplished with bipartisan support. Shark Stewards also seeks to engage consumers in ocean conservation by promoting the purchase of sustainable seafood through a partnership with Whole Foods Market.
As apex predators, sharks are critical to the maintaining the balance of our oceans. According to scientists, at least 107 species of sharks worldwide have had population sizes so reduced that they are near threatened with extinction. The shark fin trade is widely believed to be leading to overfishing of sharks to supply shark fins to make the luxury dish shark-fin soup. “The process of shark finning - killing sharks solely for the fins - is wasteful, cruel and causing shark populations to decline dramatically,” explains David McGuire, Shark Stewards’ executive director, award-winning conservation filmmaker, and marine biologist. “When shark populations are reduced, the overall health of ocean ecosystems declines. By reducing the demand we can help stop the devastation occurring in the Gulf and in our oceans.”
Citizens can also support ocean conservation through the purchase of sustainable seafood, a consumer action that Shark Stewards is keen to promote. “As a sustainability advocate and mother, I have enjoyed shopping at Whole Foods for years,” said Anna Clark, chair of Shark Stewards Texas and president of EarthPeople, a Dallas-based sustainability communications firm. “It is my great pleasure to team up with my favorite grocery store to promote ocean-friendly shopping and dining.” Ms. Clark recently had an op-ed published in the Christian Science Monitor detailing the dangers that our oceans face in losing sharks at alarming rates though shark finning, overfishing and pollution.
Shark Stewards Texas kicked off its Sharky Sundays campaign with a team of student volunteers through a partnership with the Planet Shark exhibit, hosted by the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science. Shark Stewards will continue hosting Sharky Sundays through its partnership with Whole Foods Market. Starting at the Whole Foods Market Lakewood store on October 21st from 1:00-4:00 PM, the volunteer group will rotate around stores in Texas one or two Sundays per month through May 2013. Little shoppers are invited to make a free shark-tooth necklace and the adults will learn about the importance of purchasing sustainable seafood.
For more information and resources, contact Anna Clark at anna(at)earthpeopleco(dot)com and visit http://www.sharkstewards.org.
About Shark Stewards
Shark Stewards is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to conserving our oceans through the protection of sharks. The program was launched in 2006 by award-winning shark conservationist and marine biologist David McGuire. Visit http://www.sharkstewards.org for information and videos from experts.