David McGuire

David McGuire, MEH, is the founder and director of the Ocean Health and Shark Conservation non profit Shark Stewards. As a Research Associate of the Department of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences, David is conducting a shark research program that includes population studies, movements, and fisheries impacts.

A Captain, Dive Master and filmmaker, David explores the world ocean on numerous sailing voyages producing media with an emphasis on ocean awareness. Educated in Marine Biology, he holds a masters degree in Environmental Health, has worked in education and public health at the University of California at Berkeley and is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Shark Stewards advocacy introduced the bill and catalyzed the coalition leading to the passage of the California Shark Conservation Act (Fong, Huffman) in the State of California banning the sale and trade of shark fins.

Since then, Shark Stewards has worked in shark fin regulations in 11 U.S. states and currently is supporting a U.S. law to eliminate the trade of shark ?ns in the United States. As a documentarian and diver, he has conducted expeditions with California Academy researchers communicating the wonders of the natural world and ocean life and the need to protect them, including a two month expedition to the Philippines where he collected and filmed for the Academy.

Shark Stewards has also formed an alliance in Malaysian Borneo to reduce shark fishing and the shark fin trade and create marine protected areas in the Coral Triangle, and is working with local communities to restore coral reefs and protects sharks in Sabah, Malaysia. Active in the California Marine Protected Areas and California National Marine Sanctuaries, David co-chairs the Golden Gate MPA Collaborative effort communicating the science and regulations of MPAs and facilitating compliance, and leads education expeditions to the Farallon islands.

David is the writer, producer and underwater cinematographer of several award winning documentaries focusing on sharks. He has published numerous articles on the state of the ocean and sharks and writes a National Geographic blog called Ocean Views on sharks and ocean health that is published on several online outlets. David is also an author of numerous articles and fiction and non fiction books, including Surviving the Shark. David has also been recognized as a Hero of the Environment by the Town of Pacifica for his educational and ocean conservation work. An ocean adventurer and athlete, David is an open water marathon swimmer, swimming for sharks. His current work includes an online film series called “Borneo From Below,” and the book, Surfing with Sharks.

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