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“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

Sharks are disappearing without us noticing or caring. They are facing extinction. Some species are over 90% extinct.

More than 100 million sharks are killed per year. There is no global protection of sharks – there is no where we can ensure sharks can escape the slaughter. And even in our protected areas, there aren’t enough resources to patrol and keep our sharks safe.

This is complicated by the fact that people don't know about the issue or don't care about sharks because they don't realize how amazing – and critical – they are. Sharks are consistently misrepresented in the media as bloodthirsty and insatiable enemies of mankind, inspiring irrational fear in every body of water. This irrational fear has resulted in a lack of sympathy or concern for what we believe to be an important and grand animal.

Sharks have been in the oceans for over 400 million years, forming the life that has evolved within the seas. As predators at the top of the food chain, they play a critical role in maintaining the health of the ocean ecosystem. We have already witnessed the complete collapse of mollusk fisheries in Chesapeake Bay and the death of much of the coral in Belize both due to the cascading domino effects when sharks were removed from those fragile ecosystems. There is no telling what far-reaching effects we may experience if we remove sharks from our oceans, but the thought terrifies me. The oceans are our life support system: they control our climate, they provide our food and they generate 70% of the oxygen we breathe and remove 70% of carbon dioxide – the global warming gas.

Sharks are prey – not predators. At this point, up to 90% of key shark species have been destroyed but the demand for is still at an all time high fueled by greed. Even our marine reserves are the target of illegal shark fisheries.

If we don’t act now, we are going to lose our sharks – and our oceans – our life support systems on this planet. Everyone needs to be aware of this situation – and everyone needs to join the fight. We can save our sharks by coming together in a grass roots movement and turning our passion into action.

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    1. 3. Learn more
    2. 4. Honed to perfection
    3. 5. Nature ’ s most successful design <ul><li>Control 2/3 ’ s of the planet </li></ul><ul><li>Have survived 5 major extinctions – have lasted 100 times longer than man </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively unstudied - we still know very little about them </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly important to tourism – millions of $ </li></ul><ul><li>Biology incredibly unique </li></ul><ul><li>Keep our oceans healthy and bio-diverse </li></ul><ul><li>Have 7 highly evolved senses </li></ul><ul><li>Learn quickly & constantly adapting </li></ul>Magnificent predators to be respected and revered.
    4. 6. Over 500 unique species <ul><li>Whale sharks: the world ’ s largest fish feeds on plankton (50 feet) </li></ul><ul><li>Frilled sharks: one of the oldest and most unusual species </li></ul><ul><li>Angel sharks: hide in the sand and are bottom-feeders </li></ul><ul><li>Dwarf lanternshark: smallest shark (6 inches) </li></ul><ul><li>Great White: perhaps the most famous, and one of the few implicated in attacks on humans </li></ul><ul><li>Saw sharks: slender shark with saw-like snout that finds and slashes prey. Long ‘ barbel ’ s are electro-sensitive to find prey. </li></ul>
    5. 8. Sharks are critically important <ul><li>Sharks are the apex predators of almost every ocean habitat </li></ul><ul><li>At the top of the food chain, sharks keep our oceans healthy </li></ul><ul><li>They have groomed other species for millions of years and keep them in check </li></ul><ul><li>Our oceans supply a major source of food and oxygen to us and remove carbon dioxide (global warming gas) </li></ul>
    6. 10. Should we fear sharks?
    7. 11. So why do we love to hate sharks? <ul><li>Fear of the unknown – vicious, indiscriminate, unpredictable bloodthirsty predators </li></ul><ul><li>Media feeds us mis-truths building our fears </li></ul><ul><li>We LOVE our monsters! </li></ul><ul><li>Of 500 species – only 10 have been associated with the rare attacks on humans </li></ul>Our irrational fear of sharks explains our lack of desire to conserve them.
    8. 13. Fiction Fact Fact
    9. 15. Sharks are facing extinction <ul><li>We are witnessing the first round of ocean extinction </li></ul><ul><li>Our impact on the ocean in the last 50 years is devastating – pollution, overfishing, habitat destruction </li></ul><ul><li>90% of some shark species have been destroyed </li></ul><ul><li>Demand for shark is at an all time high – trade goes global – and underground </li></ul><ul><li>Even marine reserves are target of illegal fisheries </li></ul><ul><li>No species are internationally protected </li></ul>Predators … ... Or Prey?
    10. 16. The numbers are haunting <ul><li>Sharks are being chased to extinction because their fins are currently valuable </li></ul><ul><li>97 to 99% of regional populations of certain shark species are already gone </li></ul><ul><li>23% of all sharks species are endangered (World Conservation Union) </li></ul><ul><li>42% of Mediterranean shark species are endangered </li></ul>Shark populations are plummeting
    11. 17. Why should we care? <ul><li>The oceans are the most important ecosystem on the planet </li></ul><ul><li>That life is kept healthy by sharks: apex predators </li></ul><ul><li>The oceans - our life support systems - are being destroyed </li></ul><ul><li>We are threatening our own source of food and oxygen in an unprecedented way </li></ul><ul><li>We are (again!) running a large scale experiment on our planet without understanding the implications </li></ul>We are killing sharks at an unsustainable rate
    12. 19. Sharkfinning: sharks’ greatest threat <ul><li>Cruel practice of slicing off fins – then dumping fish </li></ul><ul><li>95% of fish is wasted – fin is most valuable </li></ul><ul><li>Millions of tons of shark fin harvested per year – and growing </li></ul><ul><li>Used as a tasteless ingredient in a social status soup </li></ul><ul><li>Demand continues to increase while supply plummets </li></ul><ul><li>World-wide problem fueled by greed </li></ul><ul><li>Indiscriminate practice: all ages, sex & species killed </li></ul>Sharks are disappearing without us even noticing or caring
    13. 21. Shark fin soup driving demand <ul><li>Shark fin soup is a sign of prosperity and respect in Asia </li></ul><ul><li>The vitality of the Chinese economy has driven demand for shark fin soup </li></ul><ul><li>Shark fin soup costs as much as $100 a bowl </li></ul><ul><li>Shark fins are surpassed in cost only by such foods as some caviar and truffles </li></ul><ul><li>Dried shark fins cost anywhere from $100 to $300 per pound </li></ul><ul><li>A single Whale Shark pectoral fin can sell for up to $15,000 </li></ul>The shark fin market alone causes upwards of 73 million shark deaths each year
    14. 23. Myths that kill sharks <ul><li>MYTH: Sharks fin soup: a sign of prosperity </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: Prosperity only for the mafia-like trading firms </li></ul><ul><li>MYTH: Sharks fin soup tastes great </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: Shark fin has no taste </li></ul><ul><li>MYTH: Shark cartilage cures arthritis, cancer, HIV </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: Research indicates it is ineffective & shark products contain high concentrations of highly poisonous mercury </li></ul><ul><li>MYTH: Sharks don ’ t get sick </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: Sharks get cancer and tumors </li></ul>
    15. 25. Bycatch is a huge problem <ul><li>Bycatch = in fishing, the unintended catch of species other than the ‘target’ species </li></ul><ul><li>An estimated 50 million sharks are caught as bycatch each year </li></ul><ul><li>Sharks are 25% of the total catch in the Australia long line tuna and billfish fishery and Fiji long line tuna fishery. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharks are 32% of the Hawaii-based long line swordfish catch. </li></ul>
    16. 26. Sharks are especially vulnerable <ul><li>As apex predator, with few natural predators, sharks have evolved with a slow reproduction rate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most species take years to reach sexual maturity (sometimes over 12 years) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They raise relatively few pups a year (sometimes only 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In contrast, bony fish reach sexual maturity in months & lay millions of eggs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No other fish is in as much danger of over-exploitation because of the value of shark fins </li></ul><ul><li>Highly migratory – yet none are protected internationally </li></ul><ul><li>People don ’ t care about them – media influence </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of data – we don ’ t know how big the problem is </li></ul><ul><li>Consumers are largely unaware of the issue – soup translates as “fish wing” in Chinese </li></ul>
    17. 28. Life without sharks? <ul><li>Loss of the apex predator can un-cork havoc in the ocean environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharks control countless populations of fish species, including other predators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phytoplankton-feeding fish populations are likely to increase and consume more phytoplankton </li></ul><ul><li>Phytoplankton produces 50-70% of earth ’ s oxygen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than all the trees and forests and jungles combined </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What happens to us when our source of oxygen declines? </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of sharks will have unpredictable impact on our sea food </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent regional reports indicate dramatic and undesirable effects of local destruction of sharks – collapse of the mid-Atlantic scallop fisheries and death of coral reefs in Belize </li></ul></ul>
    18. 29. Changing the mindset … Changing our future.
    19. 30. The best shark conservation tool we have.
    20. 31. Shark angels Join Rob on a new adventure…
    21. 32. Making a Difference
    22. 33. Will we save our sharks? <ul><li>Recent positive media released to counter balance myths </li></ul><ul><li>Countries instituting national sharkfinning bans </li></ul><ul><li>Younger Asian generation refusing shark fin soup </li></ul><ul><li>Education, awareness and compassion is growing </li></ul><ul><li>Shark tournaments starting to be shunned </li></ul><ul><li>Local campaigns sprouting </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation organizations uniting </li></ul>The movement is gaining momentum
    23. 35. Shark Savers aim to: <ul><li>Reduce demand for shark fins through education </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the image of sharks </li></ul><ul><li>End the practice of sharkfinning globally </li></ul><ul><li>Raise awareness about threats to sharks </li></ul><ul><li>Increase global pressure and legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Be positively oriented – conservation and sharks can be cool </li></ul><ul><li>Promote responsible fishing practices </li></ul>Join us in the critical fight to save ourselves. to save sharks
    24. 36. The movement is growing … But much work is left to be done.
    25. 37. What you can do <ul><li>Get involved. Join Shark Savers. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase your Shark IQ: Learn more about sharks and the issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer your time. Start a local campaign to ban shark fin soup. </li></ul><ul><li>Get in the water with sharks! Dive with them. Increase shark tourism. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage everyone you know to see Sharkwater . </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce fishing pressures: eat sensibly. (Use seafood choice cards). </li></ul><ul><li>Fight for bycatch reduction legislation. </li></ul><ul><li>Support shark research. </li></ul>
    26. 38. The sharks need your help <ul><li>Become a shark advocate – correct misconceptions and promote realistic perceptions. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not support Yahoo (Alibaba sells shark fins) – or any organizations that support sharkfinning or fishing tournaments. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a voice. Be heard. Blog, write articles, appeal to your local media outlets. </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure your local, national and even our international governing bodies to get involved. </li></ul><ul><li>Combat the myths. Don’t support media outlets that portray sharks erroneously. </li></ul><ul><li>Protect our reserves: keep illegal shark fishing out of Galapagos and Cocos Islands. </li></ul>
    27. 39. Join our fight to save the sharks
    28. 44. To learn more: <ul><li>Shark Savers : </li></ul><ul><li>Saving Sharks: </li></ul><ul><li>Sea Shepherd : </li></ul><ul><li>Save Our Seas : </li></ul><ul><li>WildAid : </li></ul><ul><li>Shark Trust : </li></ul><ul><li>Shark Alliance : </li></ul><ul><li>Conserve Our Ocean Legacy: </li></ul><ul><li>Oceana: </li></ul>Shark Savers supports these organizations
    29. 45. Save our Sharks NOW.