Hammerhead shark.  Photo by Jonas Allert on Unsplash.
Hammerhead shark. Photo by Jonas Allert on Unsplash.
“Sharks: A Cultural and Conservation Story of these Misunderstood Creatures,” presented by Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation CEO Ryan Orgera at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Bailey Homestead Pavilion, 1300 Periwinkle Way. It’s part of SCCF’s Evenings at the Homestead series. 

Tickets are required and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be available. 

For three years, Orgera traveled the globe fighting for international protections for 13 species of sharks and rays. He'll share stories about his work in Mauritania, Colombia, and many other places.  Sharks have long been perceived as mindless beasts who kill indiscriminately, but today their very existence is in peril. Humans kill more than 100 million sharks per year, largely for their fins. 

The talk will explore how we understand sharks collectively and how these perceptions have led to the drastic reduction of global shark populations. Orgera will also talk about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)  and why there is hope at home and abroad.  

Before joining SCCF, Orgera worked for years as an international shark advocate for The Pew Charitable Trusts where he urged countries to support meaningful shark management measures, and he is an expert on sharks in American culture.  

SCCF is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed through environmental education, land acquisition & stewardship, Native Landscapes & Garden Center, Marine Laboratory, natural resource policy, sea turtle and shorebird conservation, and wildlife & habitat management.   Community support through membership dues and tax-deductible contributions, in addition to grants and staff-generated revenue, makes this work possible.