Pledge to save Sharks!
Sharks have been around for over 400 million years, making them older than Dinosaurs! They have survived everything Mother Nature has thrown at them over that period. But now suddenly Sharks are considered an endangered species and some are even on the verge of extinction. Researchers indicate that approximately 100 million sharks are killed each year by humans. That’s roughly 11’000 sharks every hour! What’s even more alerting is that these numbers are most likely on the low side, because most sharks are caught without being reported.
Why should we care?
We should care because sharks are valued citizens of oceanic eco-systems. They are both predators and scavengers, and these roles they play contribute to eliminating diseased and genetically-defective animals and help to stabilize fish populations. We do not know enough about marine ecology to understand what the impact of this incredible onslaught of shark deaths will bring about. There will be consequences.
Life in our oceans has been seriously disrupted. With shark populations reduced from 70% in some species to up to 95% in other species, the consequences are extremely serious. For example, removing sharks will increase octopus populations resulting in greater predation on lobsters by octopus. This was the very reason that the spiny lobster fishery collapsed in Tasmania. One of the things we forget is that sharks differ from other fish. They do not lay thousands or millions of eggs. Many sharks take up to fifteen years to reach maturity and then produce only one shark pup per year. Such a fragile and slow reproduction rate means that their populations may never recover from the damage we have already inflicted.
By signing up for this Action I pledge:
1.) I will not eat shark fin soup and I will refuse to eat at any Restaurants that serves it.
2.) I will spread awareness of the fact that Sharks are an endangered species and that they are a valued citizen of the oceanic eco-system.
3.) I will spread consciousness that it is more likely to be killed by lightning or a flying golf ball than to be killed by a shark.