What can you do to support Shark Guardian and the oceans?
Updated: May 17
1. Finspire Change UK petition
Finspire Change UK is a campaign launched and run by Shark Guardian. The aim is to get 100,000 signatures on this governmental petition to stop the UK importing, exporting and trading shark fins. The shark finning industry is barbaric, cruel and completely unnecessary and the UK's involvement in such a trade needs to stop.
If you are a UK resident, please sign and then share with your friends and family.
If you are not a UK resident, sharing the petition is still incredibly valuable as it reaches people it otherwise would not.
If you are an EU resident, once you've shared the Finspire Change UK petition, StopFinningEU run a similar campaign aiming to ban the EU's involvement in the shark fin trade, you can sign here.
2. Be a keyboard warrior with Fly Without Fins – flywithoutfins.org
Fly Without Fins is a campaign run by Shark Guardian and Shark Project that documents airlines involvement with shark fin transportation. We encourage people to tag and tweet at their local airlines asking them what their policies are on carrying shark fins – praising the airlines that have banned it and applying pressure and encouragement to those that haven’t. All you have to do is tag an airline in your message, or message them directly, letting us know their response and we’ll update the website!
This is a citizen science platform logging marine wildlife around the globe. Any time you are near or in the water, anywhere in the world, you can make an entry here. If you’re a beach walker, surfer, diver, snorkeler, fisherman or anything in between, scientists would love to know what you saw. More importantly, they want to know if you didn’t see anything too – this ensures population numbers and areas of biodiversity can be accurately determined. eOceans provides data used by the IUCN so you truly are making a difference! You can also log any type of anthropogenic litter seen.
eOceans – Our Oceans during COVID19
Did we mention they also have an app, which you can download here (https://eoceans.app). This helps inform scientists about the effects that COVID19 is having on our coastlines. There is also a ‘how-to use this app’ guide in our Instagram stories!