To Save the Great White Shark Species
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It has been stated on the radio that in 2019 the government will begin to kill the great white shark population, this will all depend on the CSIRO population count.
However, Great White Sharks play a vital role in the oceans in a way that an average fish does not. Sharks are at the top of the food chain in virtually every part of the ocean. In that role, they keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper proportion for their ecosystem. The Sea Sheppard, a Marine Conservation Organization has said that "A number of scientific studies have demonstrated that the depletion of sharks results in the loss of commercially important fish and shellfish species down the food chain, including key fisheries such as tuna that maintain the health of coral reefs."
Furthermore, scientists agree that their number is decreasing precipitously due to overfishing and accidental catching in gill nets, among other factors, and they are listed as an endangered species. Great white sharks are decreasing in numbers and are rare due to years of being hunted by man for fins and teeth, and often as a trophy for sports fishing.
The white shark is often caught as bycatch by commercial fisheries and can also become entangled in meshes that protect beaches. In addition, Shark Savers, another Marine Conservation Organization has stated that "Through intimidation, sharks regulate the behavior of prey species, and prevent them from overgrazing vital habitats. Some shark scientists believe that this intimidation factor may actually have more of an impact on the ecosystem than what sharks eat."
If Shark numbers decrease, due to human error, devastating implications such as the poor health of coral reefs and the destruction of the marine ecosystem will occur in our oceans.
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