Why are Sharks Important?
Predators are vital components of ecosystem health. Large sharks are apex predators and are a significant part of marine ecosystems, but they are also slower growing, later to breed and have relatively few offspring. Because of this, large sharks are extremely sensitive to fishing and many shark populations are in rapid decline.
"At the end of the day, sharks can live on this planet without us, but we cannot live on this planet without them" - Sea Shepherd Australia's Managing Director Jeff Hansen.