Drops come together to make an ocean. For every man
killed by a shark, man kills 20 million sharks. It is the man who ventures
into the sea and kills these ancient marine predators who have ruled the
sea since ages. It is the time we realize our responsibilities and do
something to prevent the best marine predator from extinction. A few sensible
steps can do a lot to prevent depletion of sharks. Here are few:
- Eat shark-friendly fish! Campaign for the fishing industry to
change their practices and reduce the amount of bycatch they take.
- Support ecotourism - responsible tourism can help to save some
of the world's most endangered species. Choose a shark-watching trip that
puts money directly into conservation and make sure the company has a
clear animal welfare policy.
- Don't be tempted to try shark's fin soup and avoid shark meat
unless you are sure it comes from a managed shark fishery. Challenge restaurants
that serve shark products
- Don't buy cosmetic products that contain squalene (an oil extracted
from shark livers). Eco-friendly alternatives can be sourced from 'green'
- Support wildlife charities and pressure groups such as those
listed in our links section.
- Why not adopt a shark? Some sharks available for adoption are
satellites tagged, so you can track their progress. Shark adoption is
a good way to support conservation work.
- Find out more about sharks. Read books, get in touch with conservation
organizations and search the Internet for information. The more informed
you are, the more you will be able to help.
- Draw attention to the plight of sharks. Tell your friends and
family about the situation.