Duun dunn… duun dunn… We know the theme song from the horror movie Jaws all too well. But there is a whole lot more to sharks than what this horror movie tells you.
In this blog, we dive into some of the most frequently asked questions about sharks. We’ll talk about the role sharks play in our ocean, why they’re important, and what you can do to contribute to shark conservation efforts overseas in countries like Fiji.
Are sharks endangered?
Yes. They are. And humans are to blame.
Every hour, about 11 thousand sharks are killed. That’s three sharks killed every second. Today, a third of shark species have been wiped out. They have been roaming the earth’s oceans for more than 400 million years and it’s our duty to protect this ancient species.
What would happen if sharks went extinct?
Ecosystems are a fragile network where each actor plays a unique role. Scientists have found that when one actor (for example an apex predator such as a shark) is removed from the ecosystem, the next-in-line actor will blossom, but only temporarily. Their population would rise so quickly that they would overeat their prey, to the point of extinction. A destructive chain of events would lead to an increase in algae, which would choke coral reefs and eventually kill them. If coral reefs die, thousand of species will lose their habitat.
Besides the direct destructive consequences for the marine ecosystem, it would take away a major source of food and income for local fishermen and coastal communities.
How can you help?
By joining our Shark Conservation Project in Fiji, you get to work with sharks firsthand and learn about the importance of shark conservation overseas. With your help, we aim to improve the protection around shark populations and increase awareness among local communities.
We hope to see you on the sunny shores of Fiji sooner rather than later!