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Sharks are being over-fished and finned at unsustainable rates. New studies estimate 100 million sharks are killed every year at the hands of humans. The IUCN, the main authority on the conservation status of species worldwide, has great whites, tiger sharks, and other species on the red list as being vulnerable to extinction. It’s estimated that there are less than 3,500 great white sharks left worldwide. Whale sharks and scalloped hammerheads are now endangered species.
Sharks are threatened by the misconceptions surrounding them; sadly, fear keeps most people from truly understanding them. Sharks function as the white blood cells of the ocean: picking off the dead, dying, and sick—keeping populations below them on the food chain in delicate balance. Sharks are vital not only to their ecosystem but the planet as a whole, and they deserve and need to be protected.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
1. Speak up for sharks and the ocean, share your voice and help educate others. The more people that are knowledgeable about sharks and the vital role they play in the ecosystem, the more people that will stand up and support efforts to protect them. Share a hashtag for sharks in your social media and make your voice go further. Examples of good hashtags to add to your positive shark post: #HelpSaveSharks #SaveTheOcean #SaveSharks No #SharkFinSoup No #SharkFishing (writing no or stop before using hashtags people who might seek to harm sharks is a great way to redirect and share information with people searching for activities and products that harm sharks.
If you’re not sure what to say or post, reposting conservation photos and write ups helps tremendously by spreading knowledge and supporting each other everyone benefits. Check out Ocean Ramsey’s Instagram for Ideas @OceanicRamsey
2. Sign a petition. It only takes two minutes and it does make an impact—standing together our voices are better heard and acknowledged. Click here for the latest campaigns and events with Ocean Ramsey’s company and conservation group: OneOceanConservation.Org
3. Don’t buy shark fin soup or souvenirs or support anything that promotes the continued poaching of sharks. Print out the letter below and send to the store or restaurant serving shark derived products/shark meat or fins.
4. Support shark conservation, research, and educational responsible shark tourism. Join Ocean Ramsey in the water with sharks around the world or in Hawaii on her signature One Ocean Research and Diving Pelagic Shark Program to learn about sharks and get to interact them in the most respectful way possible.
5. #SAVETHEOCEAN Save the ocean as a whole. Make daily choices that help reduce the human carbon footprint and help save the lives of many animals and natural ecosystems by making conscious consumer choices. Avoid or refuse single use plastics, recycle, reduce use of harmful chemicals and products made in ways that damage the environment or test on animals or in unethical ways. Educate yourself about the products you choose to purchase or consume. Know where your food comes and try to choose items with biodegradable packaging or no packaging at all. Simple easy ways to significantly reduce your impact are by always carrying a reusable water bottle, reusable bags, and reusable/travel cutlery and utensils.
6. Donate to a good cause but check out the website and social media and see what your money is really going towards,
Listed below are a few links to some of the great organizations that are working to preserve shark species, the ocean, and nature.
Dear (Insert Restaurant/Store and name of general manager or owner if available),
I was recently in your establishment and decided not to support your business because I was disappointed to see you were selling (shark meat/shark fin soup/shark derived products/shark derived souvenirs.) Your buyer may be unaware that one-third of all large shark species are now threatened with extinction with most all documented shark populations facing declines as high as 90-95%. Due to the fact that sharks take years to reach maturity and naturally reproduce slowly, it takes a long time for them to recover from heavy fishing pressure. Scientific studies show that all around the world areas where sharks have been removed there has been a correlating crash in fish stocks and a degradation of the local reefs because sharks are a critical component to maintaining the health of the ocean that we all rely on for the air that we breathe, sustenance, products, and the environment as we know it. Sharks function as the immune system of the ocean, like the white blood cells they combat diseases by picking off dead, weak, or sick animals keeping lower trophic level populations healthy and in balance.
Currently over 100 million sharks are killed annually. There is a growing awareness among your customers as well as the general public about the threats sharks are facing and their importance. Eleven states in the US including Hawaii, Washington, California and Texas have banned the sale, possession and trade of shark fin products. Many species of sharks have been recognized as endangered species and given special protections due to their vulnerability by organizations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the United Nations, and the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).
In addition to being grossly unsustainable, shark meat and shark fin soup are also a potential health hazard because they are high in toxins. Due to the fact that sharks are at the top of the food chain, apex predators tend to bioaccumulate heavy metals and toxins such as mercury, lead and BMAA that have been linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Consumption of mercury even in small quantities can cause damage to the brain, digestive, and immune system. Consuming shark can be especially detrimental for children and pregnant women and can contribute to serious illness in any person over time.
As one of your potential customers I would like to request that you please stop selling shark products that are contributing to their decline. Please join the growing list of business that have demonstrated their commitment to the health and future of our community, the ocean, and sustainable practices for the environment by no longer selling (shark meat/shark fin soup/shark derived products/shark derived souvenirs.) Thank you for taking the time to consider this request.
I hope to hear back from you soon. For more information about the importance of sharks please check out the TED talk: “How sharks affect us all.” or the website: http://www.WaterInspired.Org
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