Protect Reef Sharks Living Near Heavily Populated Islands

Target: Dan Ashe, Director of U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service

Goal: Increase protection measures for reef sharks threatened by human activities.

Worldwide, many shark populations have experienced declining numbers. Until recently, it was unknown how Pacific reef sharks were faring in an age with an increasing demand for fish. According to data from a recent study by NOAA, which carried out extensive surveys of reef sharks across the Pacific, the news is not good. The study estimates that 100 million reef sharks are killed every year by people. Commercial and recreational fishing are the main culprits. Furthermore, the study specifically compared reef shark populations around populated islands and unpopulated islands, finding that numbers of sharks around populated islands drop by more than 90% compared to those at unpopulated islands. This is the first study of its kind to generate significant data on a large geographic scale revealing the damaging effect human activity has on reef shark populations.

Results consistently show that around islands with large populations, like the Hawaiian Islands, reef shark numbers decrease in comparison to areas with similar habitat, water temperature, and other factors, but lacking large human populations. The results of this study emphasize the importance of protecting all marine life including sharks from human pressures.

According to Rusty Brainard, conductor of the surveys, ‘Our findings underscore the importance of long-term monitoring across gradients of human impacts … for understanding how humans are altering our oceans.’ Please sign this petition and demand increased protection for reef sharks living in heavily human populated areas.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Director Ashe,

Data generated by a study from an international team of scientists shows that Pacific reef shark populations are rapidly declining. Human activity is responsible for 100 million reef shark deaths every year. Sharks have been long prized for their fins and meat. However, this study compares reef shark numbers in reefs near heavily populated areas versus reefs near unpopulated areas. Shark numbers around populated islands drop by more than 90% compared to those at unpopulated islands. This is the first study of its kind to generate significant data on a large geographic scale revealing the damaging effect human activity has on reef shark populations.

Results were consistent in showing that around islands with large populations, like the Hawaiian Islands, reef shark numbers decrease in comparison to areas with similar habitat, water temperature, and other factors, but lacking large human populations. The results of this study emphasize the importance of protecting all marine life including sharks from human pressures.

According to Rusty Brainard, conductor of the surveys, ‘Our findings underscore the importance of long-term monitoring across gradients of human impacts … for understanding how humans are altering our oceans.’ Please increase protection for reef sharks living in heavily human populated areas.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. This truely has to happen today and that is a fact.

    IF WE DON’T STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES THERE WILL BE NO ROSES TO SMELL AND NO HUMANS TO SMELL THEM AND THAT IS A FACT!!!

  2. agnes liu says:

    Sharks has already endangered species. protect this
    beauty sea animals.

  3. All species play a vital role in the ecology, and all species deserve their place in our world.

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