Why save sharks?
One common questions people ask is "why should we humans care about sharks?" and there are two main reasons why.
Firstly, being apex predators sharks play a vital role in the marine ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the foot chain and also by serving as an indicator of overall ocean health. Therefore, sharks keep the ocean in balance, helping to remove the weak and sick as well as keeping the balance with competitors. This helps to ensure marine biodiversity.
Secondly, we should care because humans are responsible for the decline in shark populations. Sharks have been around for 450 million years, however, in the past 50 years shark populations have declines by 90% due to human activities. Overfishing, by catch, and shark finning, shark nets and culls, humans kill one million sharks annually. For this reason alone human should not only care about sharks, we should be responsible for restoring their populations.
About Shark Education Australia…
Kristy's main focus and conservation mission currently is to develop shark educational programs focused on shark conservation, science and safety, to deliver across schools in Australia. This mission is what inspired the creation of Shark Education Australia. Using her passion, scientific knowledge, and industry experience, along with incorporating the Australian Scientific School Curriculum into her presentations, Kristy will deliver these programs with the aim to both teach and inspire the next generation about marine science and shark conservation.
It is so important that we protect our oceans, and inspiring the next generation to become the next ocean conservationists is vital for us to achieve that!