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SCCF to host ‘Evenings at the Homestead’ for season

By Staff | Feb 28, 2019

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will host “Sharks: A Cultural and Conservation Story of these Misunderstood Creatures” on March 14 at 7 p.m. in the pavilion at the Bailey Homestead Preserve.

Sharks have long been perceived as mindless beasts that kill indiscriminately, but today their very existence is in peril. Humans kill over 100 million sharks per year, largely for their fins. Sharks are integral to a healthy ocean; without them entire ecosystems fail.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Chief Executive Officer Ryan Orgera will explore how sharks are understood collectively and how the perceptions have led to the drastic reduction of global shark populations. He will also talk about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, and why there is hope at home and abroad.

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

Refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com.

Advance registration is required due to limited seating.

For more information, contact the SCCF at 239-472-2329.

The Bailey Homestead Preserve is at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.