There's so much we can do to stop this. It is illegal to cut fin sharks in Hawaii but not ever state in the US has taken this action. Georgia is the biggest importer and exporter of shark fins in the continent of America. Please help signs petitions in the link below for a federal fin ban on shark fining in the US.
Commercial fishing negatively impacts sharks in two ways. First, it reduces the populations of their food sources, especially sharks that rely on bony fish as their primary food source. Secondly, sharks are often killed as a byproduct of commercial fishing. Sharks are attracted to the movement of the trapped animals, and may try to feed on them, getting caught and strangling in the net. They may also be accidentally caught by fisherman looking for other seafood. So by simply reducing your consumption of seafood, you can reduce the number of sharks killed each year.
By 2050 studies estimate that we will have more plastic in the ocean than fish. We cant let this happen. Do your part, get a reusable water bottle and limit single use plastic in your daily life choices. Consumers hold all the power to change this.
Take action and speak up for sharks by sending the letter in the link here to any store, restaurant, fishing tournament, government, or company that is selling shark products. The letter explains the importance of sharks and why they need protection as well as how bad it is for your health to consume shark products
Social media is a powerful tool to spread awareness about sharks and shark conservation. So the next time you read an interesting article or blog post about sharks, share it with your network. If you are looking for resources, to share with your friends check out some of the great articles on Shark Sider.
There are a number of ways to help the sharks of the world from going extinct. By educating yourself and others, being a conscientious consumer, and speaking out for sharks, you can easily help promote shark conservation. So even though the problem is massive, there are some simple ways that we can all help.
Schools are a great resource to help encourage people to get active in a cause. From elementary schools to universities, you can help promote campaigns that raise awareness, collect donations, and support conservation efforts. Teachers and students love to get active in causes, so talking to your local educators is a great way to rally people to help save sharks.
Buy from companies that help spread awareness about ocean conservation and sustainable products, like Xcel wetsuit's ocean conservation line and Raw Element's reef safe sunscreen