Originally posted by timebombted
Removing a top predator from any ecosystem can be very detrimental for more reasons than just a surplus at the next trophic level.
Finning is barbaric and unsustainable.
Its not your ocean, and I'd gladly protect any shark species over people like yourself. No shark should be hunted down just because a surfer / swimmer got biten whilst in the shark ark situation. We are in their water, the risk is ours, if they attack they are not to blame.
As a marine Biologist then you will be all too aware that the GBR houses
the planets richest variety of fish. That the GBR is losing hundreds,
if not thousaands of those varieties each year.
It seems to me that if you were to deliberately remove a species from
the food chain, then the top is a pretty good place to start.
No other species rely upon them as food and it's a lot easier to farm
foods relied upon by their prey (e.g. molluscs) than it is to farm
the prey itself (e.g. fish).
- No shark should be hunted down just because a surfer / swimmer got biten whilst in the sharks territory, even if its a common species.
"The swimmer was about 30 meters out in chest-deep water, about to wade ashore, when the shark attacked."
This is a family swimming area, the shark's got plenty of ocean to
hang out in. Are you suggesting that it's entirely the persons fault
for stepping foot in the sea and that the shark is entirely innocent
by means of diminished responsibility?