HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE SHARKS
There are a lot of things you can do to help lessen our impact on sharks in our day to day life no matter how far we live from the sea! Here are some of the ones we do!
1. ASK WHERE IT CAME FROM.
IF you purchase seafood, please ask where it came from and how it was caught. It's so easy to purchase swordfish and have no idea it came from a fishery like the drift gillnet fishery off the California coast or a longline vessel, most likely killing multiple sharks and other marine species in the process. If the seller doesn't know or says long lines, gillnets, or trawling, make a point of saying "oh, then no thank you." Let businesses know their customers are becoming more aware and will not purchase their seafood if it is caught unsustainably.
2. CHECK THE INGREDIENTS.
Did you know shark might bein your skincare, vitamins, or even pet's food?
For makeup and skincare, make sure to check the ingredients for squalene (not to be confused with the plant-based squalane) as it's typically sourced from shark liver oil. Some brands get away with labeling their shark oil as something generic like "fish oil," because technically sharks are fish. If you're unsure, look up the brand on the internet and find out if it is shark-safe.
When it comes to vitamins and supplements, keep an eye out for shark cartilage and its claims to help joint pain and stiffness. Even if the health claims were legitimate, trust us, it's not worth the mercury.
The same goes for pet food. If there's "fish" in your pet's kibble, make sure you find out what kind. Fish labeled generically, like "white fish," should be red flags.
3. REFUSE SINGLE USE.
Single use products, particularly ones made from plastic and polystyrene foam, are a threat to all marine life. These items last thousands of years and therefore have an incredibly long time to eventually find their way to the sea, endangering animals with threats of entanglement or ingestion. When consumed, marine life can starve to death with stomachs filled with rubbish they're unable to digest. One of the scariest things about these products is after they're consumed they'll outlive the body of the animal and go on to be potentially consumed by another animal. Skip the straw, refuse the bag, go re-usable and encourage others to do the same. You can also take the same approach we recommend for seafood! For instance, the next time you order takeout, make a point of asking "does it come in plastic?" or "does it come in styrofoam?" If they say yes, tell them oh then no thanks. If people continue to do this, restaurant owners will realize it's not worth the loss and make the switch to more eco-friendly alternatives.
4. FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS EAT SHARK!
Hopefully, it goes without saying, but don't eat shark fin soup or shark meat! Go a step further and make sure your friends don't either! Send them a link to one of our pages on the dangers of eating shark meat and how important sharks are to the ocean!
1. Join people from around the world and tell restaurants to take shark off the menu!
2. Sign the petitions below to help us and our partners fight the shark meat and fin trade.
END THE SHARK FIN TRADE IN THE USA
3. Encourage the Florida Wildlife Commission to create stronger laws and regulations for shark angling to stop the unneccessary trauma and deaths of sharks for selfies.
CONTACT THEM THROUGH THEIR
4. This one's from Wild Aid Hong Kong and Oceanic Preservation Society. Tell companies like Starbucks and Shake Shack to break their partnership with the company Maxim, believed to be Hong Kong's largest retailer of shark fins!
We recommend taking to social media for Starbucks! Sharing/reposting this info and really taking advantage of the tags Starbucks uses most to really flood their feed and reach as many of their customers as possible. If you click the link highlighted in yellow you can simply repost, we've already added all the tags and info!
For Shake Shack you can also take to social media but we also recommended contacting their investors by sending a quick e-mail to or clicking the icon below!
UPDATE: MAXIM ANNOUNCES SHARK FIN SOUP WILL BE REMOVED FROM THEIR MENU IN 2020, BUT KEEP THE PRESSURE ON TO MAKE SURE THEY FOLLOW THROUGH!
5. Download this letter below from our friends at One Ocean Conservation and send it to a restaurant selling shark meat in your hometown or even to ones around the world! E-mail it to them or deliver it in person! If you don't get a response, we recommend following up with them or starting your very own petition on a website like Change.org!