Ocean Nonprofit to Hold ‘Sharktoberfest’

Courtesy www.PBS.org    The great white shark is a top predator in the ocean ecosystem. Lately, their numbers have been increasing, but the fish is widely misunderstood.

The Alameda-based ocean conservation organization, Blue Endeavors, announced recently it will host a new event called “Sharktoberfest” on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at their headquarters in South Shore Center.

The goal of Sharktoberfest is to get people together in a festive environment to help raise awareness of the importance of sharks in the ocean’s ecosystem. The idea is to create new advocates for sharks’ protection.

Congolese singer, songwriter and activist Jaques Ibila will perform live music. At 6:15 p.m. in the Blue Endeavors Dive Store, representatives from dive industry equipment manufacturer, SCUBAPRO, will unveil their new ocean-conservation initiative.

At 6:45 p.m., Master of Ceremonies Shanon Draughon, will introduce and thank event sponsors, talk about the Blue Endeavors mission and introduce the new shark achievement pin offered to all divers and ocean advocates who complete the requirements. 

Special edition “shark beers” from Alameda Island Brewing and Sharktoberfest 2018 T-shirts will be for sale and support the cause.

The keynote speaker will be David McGuire from Shark Stewards, a California-based organization that advocates for policy, including the banning of shark finning, and regulating the shark-fin trade in the United States and the Pacific Rim. 

Those looking to take action in conserving the ocean can start earlier in the day with a beach clean-up at 2 p.m. Visit Blue Endeavors at 2219-A S Shore Center Ste. 215, call 871-0172 or visit www.blue-endeavors.org for more information.