-------------------Great white sharks are without a doubt one of the most successful predators on the planet, but one of nature’s most triumphant designs did not factor in the negative impacts that humans, in the role of a dominant species, can have on them. As apex predators, sharks sit atop the food chain and with no natural enemies, shark numbers are designed to be low. Ironically, given their rule over the sea, this means they are particularly vulnerable to the way human’s fish and sometimes over-fish. Sharks are designed to mature slowly (taking up to 15 years), and produce few successful young (every two to three years). In areas where their populations have been depleted they are slow to recover to natural numbers.
The great white is fully protected in seven countries, including South Africa.
Due to evidence of declining white shark populations around the world, these sharks are afforded some of the highest protections of any fish in the sea. Today, the great white is fully protected in seven countries, including South Africa. International conventions also protect the great white, with listings on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS), and in the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The authority on which species face the most likely path to extinction, the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, identifies white sharks as globally “Vulnerable”. The message from the international community is great white sharks are at risk of extinction.
Why do we need great whites at all?
Great whites keep the ocean balanced.
Great whites keep the ocean balanced. They feed on a variety of animals including numerous species of fish (in Cape Town those include yellowtail, steenbras and cob), other sharks (smooth hounds and guitar sharks), marine mammals (seals) and they even scavenge on dead whales. Furthermore, great whites are often the primary, and sometimes only, predators of some of the larger prey animals like seals. This means that there is a cascading effect in the ocean between the way sharks keep a balance of their prey and the hundreds of different species that are impacted (ecological dominoes if you will), and thus play vital roles in ecosystem function and biodiversity. Furthermore, studies around the world are increasingly highlighting the important role that sharks play. Without sharks, economically important fisheries have closed and there are losses to eco-tourism ventures, particularly important in countries dependent on tourism. Moreover, great white sharks are now celebrated as one of our “Big Seven”. They are an iconic species and a feature of our local and natural heritage, which we have a duty to preserve.
lol...typical proganda. It's just politics that keep them "protected" in some countries. It's like black bears in New Jersey. Lots of black bears are hunted in Maine and the population is perfectly healthy. Great sharks could be fished like any other fish without being wiped out. It's all a matter of a bag limit like any other game animal. Conservation and fishing can co-exist.
You think sharks are cool and shouldn't be "murdered". It's as simple as that
As far as the other point. Natures finds a new balance if an apex predator is wiped out.
Oh and great white sharks are absolutely NO THREAT of becoming extinct. What a complete load of horse manure! LIES! Period. And most of your post is just rambling eco politics that' spoon fed to the masses by the likes of discovery channel who like to manipulate and lie to try to program people to their point of view.
I'm pretty sure even most shark attack victims would disagree with you on this one sharkhunter. Any chance you're in support of getting rid of the Muslims in this country for fear of terrorist attack as well?