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Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems. They maintain a balance in populations of prey species and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. They are an important resource supporting local economies through fishing and as an attraction to dive tourists.
But sharks are in a global decline. Overfishing has reduced many shark populations around the world to levels that threaten their continued existence. Shark numbers have fallen by more than 80% in many cases, and the continued existence of some species is at immediate risk in some regions.
This Study Guide takes you down with the sharks. Read on to discover what makes sharks unique and find out that, despite their bad reputation, they play a crucial role in keeping our ocean healthy.
You will also discover how close we are to losing some shark species forever, but there is hope. This Study Guide takes you through the management strategies that can help protect sharks and, best of all, the many actions you can take to give sharks a fighting chance.
Read the Study Guide prior to your course.