As you may or may not know, Respect the Fin donates a portion of every single order to the World Wildlife Fund and Sharks4Kids! Today, we’ll dive in and learn more about each of these organizations, how they help wildlife, and the projects that they’re supporting. As always, there are a lot of ways to promote wildlife conservation, create awareness about species of concern, and protect our oceans. By supporting Respect the Fin apparel, you are directly helping these two organizations in their efforts for ocean conservation, too.
Sharks4kids is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on education and outreach to create the next generation of shark advocates. Their mission statement includes, “The goal of Sharks4Kids is to create a new generation of shark advocates through access to a dynamic range of educational materials.” This organization has several teams including an art team, an education team, and a media team. Sharks4kids brings curriculum, games, and activities to the classroom to enhance students’ learning about sharks and their importance in various ecosystems. Additionally, Sharks4kids funds first-hand experiences for students in the South Florida areas and coordinates classroom visits across the country (Sharks4kids Mission Statement).
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This non-profit has assembled many leaders in shark conservation and created a plethora of resources for both students and teachers. On their website, teachers can find access to curriculum, coloring sheets, activities, crafts, facts, posters, and workshops to engage students in marine science. Currently, there are options for curriculum targeted towards K-12.
To get involved with Sharks4kids, visit their website here. There are opportunities to volunteer, donate, or join them for an educator workshop or expedition.
World Wildlife Fund
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is also a non-profit organization that has been around for over 60 years. Their mission states, “As the world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in nearly 100 countries. At every level, we collaborate with people around the world to develop and deliver innovative solutions that protect communities, wildlife, and the places in which they live.” WWF focuses its conservation work around the goals of climate, food, forests, freshwater, wildlife, and oceans.
Photo Source: World Wildlife Fund
Within their marine conservation work, World Wildlife Fund has honed in on a goal to benefit the ocean. This goal is to find the solutions to fix broken global systems that lead to declines in nature while protecting those places that wildlife and people can’t live without (WWF Oceans Overview). To accomplish this goal, WWF focuses on unsustainable fishing. Throughout recent research and findings, the scientific community has determined unsustainable fishing as one of the leading causes of declining marine life populations. World Wildlife Fund aims to prevent illegally caught seafood from entering our food chain. Learn how they are accomplishing this here.
Additionally, WWF’s website discusses their partnership with corporate seafood partners, “WWF’s corporate seafood partners source from 550 fisheries—and when improvements are made in those 550 fisheries, it ultimately impacts 30% of the global wild catch. We work deep inside supply chains to improve transparency and accountability to help move the industry as a whole towards sustainable practices.”
Through resources, travel, workshops, literature, partnerships, policies, research projects, and community outreach; WWF makes a difference for wildlife. They have over 6,000 staff, 6 million members, and work in over 100 countries. Watch their manifesto here.
Thanks for checking out our blogpost, and learning more about the incredible non-profits we support! Your support of Respect the Fin goes a long way for the marine community, shark awareness, and ocean conservation. Have a beautiful week and stay tuned for our next blog post!
Written By: Bailey Higa