WHAT IS SHARK CONSERVATION?

Shark conservation is the practice of protecting shark species and their habitats. Sharks play an important role in balancing the marine environment and provide stability to many other marine ecosystems. For Shark Guardian, the goal of shark conservation is to ensure that sharks will be around for future generations to enjoy and also to recognize the importance of sharks for humans and other species alike. 

Shark conservation has become an increasingly important practice due to the negative effects of human activity on these amazing creatures. An endangered species is defined as a population of a living species that is in danger of becoming extinct because the species has a very low or falling population, or because they are threatened by varying environmental or prepositional parameters. One Third of all shark species are considered either Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered as listed by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). 

Shark Guardian engages in various international activities and projects for shark conservation. 

SHARK GUARDIAN CONSERVATION PROJECTS

  • Educational shark talks

  • Shark research

  • Shark expeditions

  • Shark diving programs

  • Conservation campaigns

  • Conservation petitions

  • Networking with NGOs

  • Awareness through social media

 

TOP 8 HUMAN IMPACT THREATS TO SHARKS

  • Unregulated shark fishing

  • Shark bycatch from fishing

  • Shark finning

  • Demand for shark fin soup

  • Shark souvenirs and Jewellery

  • Ghost nets

  • Shark nets along beaches

  • Pollution and marine debris

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70-150 Million sharks are killed each year 

Some shark populations have decreased by more than 90% 

One Third of all sharks are Threatened with extinction

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SHARK NETS

A shark net is a submerged net placed around beaches to reduce shark attacks on swimmers.

 

The shark net is far outdated and kill not only sharks but other marine life such as dolphins, whales, turtles and marine birds.

 

A variety of new technology is now available to replace shark nets. 

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