Why save sharks?
One common questions people ask is "why should we humans care about sharks?" and there are two main reasons why.
Firstly, being apex predators sharks play a vital role in the marine ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the foot chain and also by serving as an indicator of overall ocean health. Therefore, sharks keep the ocean in balance, helping to remove the weak and sick as well as keeping the balance with competitors. This helps to ensure marine biodiversity.
Secondly, we should care because humans are responsible for the decline in shark populations. Sharks have been around for 450 million years, however, in the past 50 years shark populations have declines by 90% due to human activities. Overfishing, by catch, and shark finning, shark nets and culls, humans kill one million sharks annually. For this reason alone human should not only care about sharks, we should be responsible for restoring their populations.
What can you do to help save sharks?
Avoid shark meat (aka flake)
Avoid consuming commercial seafood
Avoid shark products (found in cosmetics (squalene), shark cartilage (pet food), shark skin/teeth, fish oil, krill oil)
Avoid restaurants that sell shark fin soup
Follow shark safety in the ocean (download your Surfing With Sharks Guide here)
Question what you hear in the media about sharks
Spread the word about shark conservation