These species of sharks are in danger of extinction
Society has access to unlimited amounts of information, however we take this for granted and it leads to myths and misleading data on sharks.
Shark attacks on human beings are actually very rare. Plus there are tons of harmless shark species; for example: The whale shark is one of the most harmless specimens, they’re gentle giants! They’re also very important for the preservation of marine ecosystems. So why are we not protecting them?
Shark advocates have expressed concern that many species of sharks are in danger of extinction, all thanks to the myths related to these, in addition to the fishing they struggle to ban day by day.
Sharks in danger of extinction
Recently, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) shark specialists stated that 16 species of Mexican sea sharks are threatened, according to recent research in these sectors.
The institution has produced a catalog that establishes 23 different species of sharks that are threatened extinction in the Caribbean, Central America, and North America. Of these 23 species cataloged, a total of 16 inhabit Mexican oceans.
Some of these species are classified within the category of critical danger of extinction.
Within the category of threatened by extinction, we can find the hammerhead shark and the giant hammerhead shark. Other shark species in Mexican waters that are listed as “threatened” include whale sharks, white sharks, white tip sharks and mako sharks.
Whats behind the cause of this extinction threat?
It has been estimated that the root causes of the danger of extinction or the threat of shark species are over-fishing of sharks and destruction of coastal habitats (such as mangroves, which result in important feeding and nursery areas for sharks).
Juan Carlos Cantú, Program Director of Defenders of Wildlife of Mexico, has stated, in relation to this:
“Shark fishing in Mexico is not regulated by the size of the catch or the reproductive condition of the specimen, and newborns, juveniles, adults, reproductive adults and pregnant females are equally caught. This prevents populations from recovering as there is no recruitment of new individuals. Nor is it regulated the number of individuals caught, which leads to overfishing and therefore populations are declining. “
Another fundamental problem has to do with the fact that there is almost no protection against sharks. In fact, in Mexico, there are only three species of sharks that have special protection by regulation. These are the whale shark, the white shark, and the peregrine shark.