2020 has, to date, been a yr of shock, confusion and sudden modifications to the elemental methods of life throughout the globe. What was imagined to be an excellent yr for ocean conservation has been swept up by catastrophic bushfires in Australia and naturally, a worldwide pandemic that has affected everybody on the planet.
One factor that's as sure because the marching of time is Discovery Channel’s annual tv shark-fest, specifically Shark Week.
Yearly you possibly can rely on the Discovery Channel to convey you a variety of shark-themed packages starting from celebrities diving with sharks, nice white sharks breaching, sharks searching and feeding and hunts for “elusive and large” sharks. Whereas nearly all of the schedule is aimed toward offering a lot wanted leisure throughout these troubled occasions, it’s all the time good to remind ourselves that there are greater than 500 recognized species of sharks past the few we often encounter on Shark Week (why so many exhibits on Nice White sharks?), and lots of species are dealing with elevated threats of extinction.
One menace that many individuals are conscious of that threatens some shark species is the profitable marketplace for shark fin soup.
Most individuals have heard of the method of finning a shark, which is the merciless and wasteful apply of eradicating the precious fins of sharks which might be caught commercially after which dumping the decrease worth physique overboard. What many individuals don’t know is that this course of is banned by virtually each nation that fishes commercially, and is especially an unlawful follow.
The a lot greater menace to many shark populations is from rampant and unchecked business fishing for sharks, which is one thing that isn't restricted to at least one or two particular nations.
For instance, do you know that within the Atlantic, the shortfin mako shark, the quickest shark within the ocean, is on the verge of extinction because of the continued overfishing of the US and European fishing fleets? The US and EU, backed up by help from the tiny Caribbean nation of Curaçao, have regularly blocked limiting mako shark catches within the Atlantic, despite the fact that fisheries scientists advise an entire ban on catching makos.
Even nations similar to China, Taiwan and Japan, nations often seen as the primary culprits of shark overfishing, recognise the necessity to take pressing motion to stop makos disappearing from the Atlantic.
Venture AWARE, coupled with our Shark League companions, have been pushing governments to scale back overfishing for sharks for years, and we're actively working to attempt to put in a lot wanted protections for makos within the Atlantic.
Take Motion: Yow will discover out in case your nation is supporting these protections, or whether or not they're blocking them (taking a look at you US, EU and Curaçao) with our Mako Champions Map. In the event that they aren’t, tell us and we will help you get in contact together with your related authorities’s representatives.
Whereas only a few individuals are more likely to have a first-hand encounter with the elusive mako shark, which spends the majority of its life additional offshore, sharks that divers and snorkelers typically come throughout additionally face threats.
In early August, a very phenomenal piece of ground-breaking analysis was revealed wanting on the threats and conservation potential of reef sharks on a worldwide scale. The Global Finprint project introduced shark and ray scientists from everywhere in the world to gather and analyse hundreds of hours of video footage from 371 coral reef methods in 58 totally different nations.
Some of the regarding issues this analysis discovered is that reef sharks weren't seen on 19% of the surveys, indicating that sharks have been in such low abundance that they're possible unable to carry out their ecological position. That stated, the paper did spotlight instances for optimism.
Shark and ray populations did nicely the place there have been efficient safety measures. Challenge AWARE is working with the diving household to assist shield these species and important habitats. In case you are (and even serious about turning into a diver) check out the AWARE Shark Conservation course. In case you are a dive or tourism operator, Challenge AWARE has developed a Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism Guide which provides you ideas and instruments to contribute in the direction of conservation and analysis.
For those who simply need to help Venture AWARE’s work, even when it’s simply throughout Shark Week, take a look at their supporter page or PADI Gear, who shall be donating a proportion of their Shark Week gross sales to Undertaking AWARE.
No matter you do throughout Shark Week, keep in mind that Venture AWARE lives every week like it’s Shark Week.