About David W. McGuire

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A marine biologist and ocean advocate, David McGuire is the founder 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.

He is the Co-Chair of the Golden Gate Marine Protected Area Collaboration, working to communicate the importance, the issues and observance of the local marine protected areas through outreach, engagement and education.

As Captain, Dive Master and filmmaker, David has explored 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 and has worked in education and public health at the University of California at Berkeley for over a decade. David is the writer, producer and underwater cinematographer of several award winning documentaries focusing on sharks. David has recently produced a new documentary on the Sharks of San Francisco Bay and has recently worked as cameraman on feature films such as 180 South with Patagonia and A Beautiful Wave. Films in production includes an adventure film on swimming with sharks. He has also published numerous articles on the state of the ocean and sharks and writes a blog called Ocean Voices on sharks and ocean health that is published in several online outlets.

Through Sea Stewards he catalyzed the coalition leading to the passage of the California Shark Conservation Act (Fong, Huffman) in the State of California, the Shark Conservation Act, AB 376. The Shark Stewards project is dedicated to ending shark finning and the shark fin trade. Work on fin regulation is ongoing in other US states and in the Western Pacific through the Pacific Shark Coalition he founded with Asian partners. As documentarian and diver, he has conducted expeditions with Academy researchers communicating the wonders of the natural world and ocean life and the need to protect them, including a two month biodiversity expedition to the Philippines where he collected and filmed. His work testing seafood and evaluating sustainable fishing influences policies and practices from local to international levels.

A lecturer at the University of San Francisco and other campuses, he also speaks to students of all ages and to the public on the importance of sharks to the oceans. David is also an author of numerous articles and fiction and non fiction books including Surviving the Shark. He sits on several boards of non-profits including The San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary Association. He has received numerous awards for his work including an award for Journalism with KQED for the investigative story Sea Horse Sleuth, the 2011 Hero of Marin Environmental Stewardship Award, and an Emmy award for his work on the documentary Reefs to Rainforests. David has been recognized by Congressman Jared Huffman for his work introducing the successful California Shark Fin Trade Ban, and was awarded the Hero of Marine Award for that work. He 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 has competed in countless endurance events such as the Trans Pacific yacht Race, Hawaii Ironman and is an open water marathon swimmer, swimming for sharks.
His current work includes a film, Swimming For Sharks, and a book on San Francisco Bay Sharks.

Boards and Service

Trainer/educating partner White Shark Stewardship Project. Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Board member Cordell Bank National Sanctuary Foundation

Founder Sea Stewards, Shark Stewards

Research Associate, Department of Aquatic Biology, California Academy of Sciences

Member Caliornia Ocean Communicator's Alliance

Co-Chair, Golden Gate Marine Protected Areas Collaborative Group 

Screening Committee and Program developer San Francisco International Marine Film Festival

Co-founder, board member San Francisco Green Film Festival


Speaking and Teaching Engagements

University of California Berkeley

University of San Francisco

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Moss Landing Marine Laboratory

Presdio Graduate School

California Academy of Sciences

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Smithsonian Museum

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

My News

by David W. McGuire / Shark Stewards
April 04, 2015
Adventures in Saving Sharks and the Ocean After two months in Asia, it is good to be home. I've just returned from a National Geographic Explorer's Grant-funded Expedition in Laos. There are no sharks in Laos, but there are freshwater rays, and the real goal of this expedition, to locate and...
by David W. McGuire / Shark Stewards
December 09, 2014
NOAA appoints members to Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee December 8, 2014 The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, which includes habitat for puffins in its territory, is part of the National Marine Protected Area Inventory List. (Credit: NOAA). NOAA, in consultation with the...