This July we are celebrating & raising awareness for sharks!
Sharks have been swimming in the oceans for over 400 million years.
5 Reasons To Fight For Sharks
First, and possibly most importantly, sharks are absolutely vital for maintaining balance in the oceans. They ensure that the delicate ecosystem beneath the waves is kept in check. Some sharks will feed on the weak and sick fish to help keep populations healthy.
Shark finning is a horrific and barbaric practice. Many shark species are hunted and caught just for their fins, they will be hauled onto the boats still alive and have their fins removed before being cast back into the ocean to suffer a slow and painful death.
Of the 500 different known species of shark, only around 30 have actually been know to attack humans, so they aren't anywhere near as vicious as the media will often have you believe. In fact sharks rarely target humans specifically, often merely mistaking them for food.
When it comes to economic benefits, sharks are worth far more alive than dead. Though in Asia shark fin soup is an expensive delicacy, sometimes going for as much as $100, in other parts of the world the tourism from a single shark can bring in around $179,000 each year!
Sharks combat problems such as overgrazing by keeping certain population down. A prime example of this is in Hawaii where tiger shark populations are critical for the health of seagrass and keep a balanced population of sea turtles to ensure that overgrazing doesn't occur.
How we can do our part to protect sharks?
If you want to support shark conservation and ensure the future of these fascinating creatures then there are a number of things you can do.
The simplest way that you can be a part of protecting sharks is through raising awareness around the dangers that they face. The more we learn about these sharks and share what we learn the more people will care and take action to protect sharks worldwide.
If you eat seafood make sure you know where its coming from and only support sustainable fisheries and those that are not a part of the shark finning industry.
Sign the petitions that you see to fight shark finning and overfishing of sharks.
Write to your local governments demanding change and greater protection for overfished shark species.
Support and donate if you can to shark conservation organisations and charities.
This July we will be donating 10% of profits to the Shark Trust!
Who are Shark Trust?
Not only do they research and highlight the problems facing shark species but they actively work to find real-world solutions to these problems. From lobbying for species protection through legislation and conservation action to implementing sustainable fishery management and responsible trade.
We saw their No Limits campaign and knew it was something that we want to support. The goal of this campaign is to put an end to unregulated, overfishing of sharks in the Atlantic. Some of the shark species that are in urgent need of protection are Blue Sharks, Shortfin Mako and Tope.
A little about blue sharks: Read more about them here.
- Worldwide, blue sharks are listed as Near Threatened and in the UK they are a protected species.
- Blue sharks actually give birth to live pups, with the fertilised eggs remaining in the mother's uterus and these sharks will produce an average of 35 pups!
- You can do your part to protect these sharks by only buying "Pole & Line" caught tuna, as this method of fishing ensures no bycatching.
A little about Shortfin Mako: Find out more here.
- These sharks are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List with their numbers decreasing.
- The shortfin mako is the fastest shark in our oceans, they can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour!
- Their high quality fins and meat make them the perfect target for the shark fin industry, combined with bycatch from longline fishing gear.
A little about Tope: Research more about them here.
- The tope shark is considered Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and can be found around the world.
- These sharks are also known as school sharks or snapper sharks. Each litter can contain anywhere between 6 and 52 pups!
- As with many shark species the tope shark has been exploited for their liver-oil, meat and fins - targeted through gillnets and longlines.
Shark Awareness Offer
We have brought back our beloved Shark Awareness Baseball Caps throughout the month of July. Normally $24.95 each, this month you can get a Shark Awareness Baseball Cap for HALF PRICE!
We have massively discounted multipacks so you could even get your cap for LESS THAN HALF PRICE PLUS FREE SHIPPING!