Sharks serve an integral role in marine ecosystems and impact local economies. Whether off the coasts or in international waters, sharks help maintain the balance of species in the ocean. Ultimately, the amount that we don’t know about sharks tremendously outweighs what we do. The importance of their research and conservation has only been realised recently.

  1. 1. Sharks Help Keep Marine Populations Healthy
  2. Predators like sharks act to stamp out disease in the populations they prey upon. Since they are easier to catch, sharks target weak or diseased fish, and this has the effect of keeping the population healthy. If no predators pick off the weaker individuals, you could even get a situation where a disease takes over and wipes out an entire prey species. Because apex predators often have such a large range, killing just one shark can affect entire reef systems.
  3. 2. Sharks Help Regulate the Ecosystem
  4. There are dangers in letting populations of species that sharks would prey on become unchecked. Because ecosystems are so interwoven, you never know what cascading effects may come from obliterating a single species.
  5. 3. Declining Numbers in Marine Species Like Sharks can Take a Long Time to Recover
  6. Overfishing has jeopardised the existence of many shark species. Because Bermuda’s platform is so small, it takes very little time for it to become overfished, and a long time for it to recover while fishing still continues. However, populations do bounce back when fishing restrictions are applied.
  7. 4. Encountering Nature Improves Our Well-being
  8. Many divers relay magical experiences with sharks, often the highlight of any diving trip. Research shows that experiencing nature improves our well-being.
  9. 5. Some Shark Species Could Become Extinct if we Don’t Take Action Now
  10. Sharks are an integral part of our natural world and support biodiversity. We’ve inherited these amazing animals and we want to pass them on to future generations.