How does Shark Safe certification differ from other certification programs like Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification?

While we share many of the same principles as the Marine Stewardship Council, and have utilized some of their research in the development of the Shark Safe Standard, the MSC certifies fisheries and products, while Shark Safe is a designation intended for establishments and select businesses.

What are the requirements for Shark Safe certification?

Visit the Shark Safe Program Page for more information, or click here to download a copy of the Shark Safe Standards.

Who designed the Shark Safe logo?

The first design was loosely inspired by the Earth Island Institute's Dolphin Safe logo, and was created by Jim Toomey, the artist behind the popular syndicated cartoon Sherman's Lagoon. The Shark Safe logo has seen a number of revisions and Tim Fuller, a local designer, developed the ellipse that encircles the shark in the current version of the logo.

How did the Shark Safe concept originate?

A detailed history can be found on the Shark Safe Program Page.

What is COARE?

COARE is an acronym for The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education. COARE is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose purpose is to study our oceans and increase public awareness of the earth's marine environment through educational programs and outreach. To learn more about COARE and its projects, visit www.coare.org.

I own a restaurant or seafood business, and would like to become Shark Safe certified. How do we apply?

If you believe your establishment meets the criteria for Shark Safe certification, simply fill out the application/license agreement, and send it to us. If you have questions about certification, or are unsure about your eligibility, please contact us.

How do I recommend an establishment that meets the certification criteria?

Please use the contact form to send us a note.

How can I convince my favorite restaurant to become Shark Safe?

Simply point them towards our website for more information. If you'd like to get more involved, you can become an ambassador for our program.

I would like to be more involved. How can I help?

You can help us expand the depth, reach, and extent of the Shark Safe certification program by becoming an Ambassador.

How do I report a possible misuse of the Shark Safe logo?

We take certification very seriously so that you can have confidence in your choices. If you think that an establishment is using the Shark Safe logo in an inappropriate manner, please use the contact form to let us know

I have a question that was not addressed here or on the website. How can I contact you?

We look forward to answering your question. You can contact us using the contact form.