|Sent on:||Sunday, September 16, 2012 6:16 PM|
Lynn Funkhouser asked me to pass this along. She said “This is going to be a fun event. Could you send it out to divers? It is 2 blocks from me so people can park in my garage for $7.50 if they can't find street parking.” She is located at 1310 N. Ritchie Court .
The Oceans need all of our support!
Its time to celebrate sharks here on Lake Michigan at the 3rd Coast Cafe. Join Shark Stewards seastewards.org and the 3rd Coast Cafe 3rdcoastcafe.com celebrating sharks and our recent victory protecting sharks worldwide through the Illinois Shark Fin Trade Ban. In spring of this year while diving with Great White Sharks in Guadalupe Island Mexico , I met shark biologist and conservation leader David McGuire of the non profit Shark Stewards. I learned of the threats to sharks worldwide, including tens of millions killed each year just to supply the shark fin trade. One third of open-ocean sharks are now threatened with extinction, and Illinois was contributing to the problem.
We started a Shark Stewards Illinois Chapter and with the help of other environmental leaders, it passed both houses and was signed into law by Governor Quinn this summer.
Now, its time to party for the sharks! Join me with Shark Stewards Director McGuire at the 3rd Coast, to celebrate the victory Friday September 21, 9pm. We will listen to great music, imbibe and learn about our new campaigns against shark finning and to protect Hammerhead and Great White Sharks and how we can support them. Sharks control the population of species that feed off phytoplankton. With a decline in the shark population, there is going to be a steady decline of phytoplankton, therefore affecting the oxygen levels of the oceans. Oxygen on Earth is very dependent on the oxygen of the ocean. If we neglect this fact, we are bringing death to the Earth.
Thank you for your support!!! Cash Bar, raffle money, and donations go to support Shark Steward's Hammerhead campaign, supporting our research and conservation of Hammerhead sharks, and supporting our campaign to help list this species under CITES in 2013. We are also working to shut down the trade of shark fins at the source such as Costa Rica , Columbia and Ecuador , and halting imports into other states in the US where fins enter our ports and are either consumed or re-exported to Hong Kong and China .
All species of hammerhead sharks are threatened due to the shark fin trade. These sharks are being poached from protected areas and exported into other countries like the US (and until our bill in Illinois passed) with impunity. Your donation goes directly to protecting endangered shark species.
Shark Stewards is a program of the non profit Turtle Island Restoration Network, a registered 501 (c) 3. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Proprietor 3rd Coast Cafe & Ocean Conservation Leader
3rd Coast Cafe & Wine Bar, 1260 N Dearborn, Chicago , 60610 [masked])
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