Shark Advocacy Campaign to launch for ‘Shark Week’
The productive coastal waters around the islands are an important place for many species of sharks.
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that they come to feed, to mate and to raise their young pups. Sharks are apex predators that help keep the coastal ecosystem in balance. A decline in their populations can cause cascading effects down through the food web and can greatly impact the stability of other local fish populations.
To keep local shark populations healthy, the community needs to better understand them and then, in turn, protect them. Fear and misinformation need to be replaced with education and stewardship, just as the community has done for all of the other wildlife on the islands, the SCCF reported.
To coincide with Discovery’s “Shark Week” starting on Aug. 9, the SCCF is launching a Shark Advocacy Campaign to raise awareness and improve education on the importance of the local sharks.
To kick things off, it published new Web pages devoted to sharks. Compiling the most up-to-date information on sharks to educate the local community with actual data related to shark encounters, the SCCF hopes to encourage best practices for safe catch-and-release fishing, and offer guidance on how to help maintain healthy shark populations.
For more information, visit www.sccf.org/our-work/sharks.