A Healthy Functioning Ocean Depends On Sharks

 

Sharks are at the top of the food chain in a complex web of life. They bring balance, and without them, underwater ecosystems would collapse.

 

Shark populations are declining, and our oceans are suffering because of it. Overfishing and human-caused shark mortality are to blame for this decline. The absence of sharks has caused the species they feed on such as skates, rays, and smaller sharks to decimate populations of shellfish, including scallops, oysters, and clams.

 

Fish research surveys show as shark populations decrease the population of large predatory fish drastically increases. This increase can have devastating effects on coral reef systems and decimate shellfish populations.

Racing Extinction - Why Sharks Matter

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