The Importance Of Sharks Needed For Maintaining Healthy Oceans

Natural predation of a Great White Shark on a Cape Fur Seal

Importance of sharks: Great White Shark helping to maintain the Cape Fur Seal population at Seal Island, False Bay

There is no denying that sharks play an important role in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystems and for keeping our oceans healthy, but despite the fact that sharks have been swimming in the world’s oceans for more than 400 million years, shark populations are declining rapidly due to commercial fishing, which is putting some species in danger of extinction.

Humans kill more than 100 million sharks world wide on an annual basis and if this continues to happen, we will soon be living in a world without sharks, which will have a detrimental effect on the state of our oceans.

Sharks are often the top “apex predators” in their ecosystems, which means that they have few or no natural predators, such as African Shark Eco-Charter’s beloved Great White Sharks. Because of this, apex predators help to regulate and maintain the balance of marine ecosystems by preying on other species below them in the food chain. In addition to regulating species abundance and diversity, they also help to remove sick and weak individuals from species populations. As the number of larger apex predators declines, our oceans will soon start to suffer unpredictable and devastating consequences, both economically and ecologically.

Protecting sharks and allowing their populations to recover is essential for restoring the health of our oceans. Conservation starts with education and our aim is to change your perception of these incredible animals in an effort to help save the sharks of our oceans.

For further information on studies showing the importance of sharks and the effect that have on maintaining healthy oceans, you can read the following article.

Join African Shark Eco-Charters on an educational shark cage diving experience and let us show you why we think the Great White Shark, and other shark species, are worth fighting for!