Photo By: Tim Priest from @Sharksdaily

The LEADING cause of deaths for sharks is FISHING!

“While searching for fish such as tuna, cod, or swordfish, large-scale commercial trawlers commonly catch and kill large numbers of sharks and other marine animals.

The oceanic conservation group Sea Shepherd has estimated that “50,000,000 sharks are caught unintentionally as bycatch by commercial tuna and swordfish fisheries using long lines, nets, purse seine, and gillnets.” Sharks play a very important role in the oceans in a way that an average fish does not.

Sharks are at the top of the food chain in virtually every part of every ocean. In that role, they keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper proportion for their ecosystem.

 The good news is that we all have the power to end this unnecessary slaughter by simply leaving fish off our plates. It’s estimated that one person can save over 225 fish a year by not consuming seafood – if around 40 percent of those catches are made up of bycatch (non-targe species such as sharks, dolphins, and small whales), then by leaving fish off your plate you’re also saving sharks by association” (One Green Planet, 2016).

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