White Shark Stewardship

Every autumn, one of the world’s largest concentrations of white sharks migrates to the Gulf of the Farallones to feed. These white sharks depend on the rich waters within the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and as apex predators play a critical role in maintaining a healthy, balanced ecosystem.

While white sharks are protected in California waters, the unintentional catch of sharks in the commercial fishing industry (long-line, purse seine, gillnets and mid-water trawl fisheries) threaten sharks. Most sharks are slow to reach reproductive maturity and produce only a small number of young each year, making them highly susceptible to the threats of fishing and other human activities. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 32% of pelagic sharks are threatened with extinction.

A partnership of the Greater Farallones Association and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, the White Shark Stewardship program educates the public about white sharks, helps conserve them, and fosters active stewardship. Examples of program projects include:

    • White Shark Workshops that train boat operators, scientists, fishermen, and naturalists on regulations and to use best shark-protection practices
    • Outreach programs, including Sharktoberfest, that increase public awareness of white sharks
    • K-12 education programs that teach San Francisco Bay Area students about the importance of white sharks in ocean ecosystems

Learn more about white shark protection in the Sanctuary

Join us in celebrating sharks at Sharktoberfest

Sharktoberfest Flyer 2022
Sharktober festivities, someone dressed as a shark
A white shark facing the camera under a green-colored ocean
Shark jaws and teeth

Photo credit: Sharktoberfest: GFA/GFNMS; White shark: Scot Anderson