Dr. Jorge Carrion is our Director of Conservation and he stressed the importance of conservation of sharks in maintaining the natural regulation of the oceans. He explained that sharks play an important role in controlling the fish population and other marine species. Their existence helps preserve ocean health because they balance food chains. However, this magnificent creature faces several challenges including habitat loss, indiscriminate fisheries for the Asian fin trade and global threats like climate change. To protect the health of our oceans, we need to take strong measures for shark protection.
Galapagos Conservancy supports studies in order to better understand shark behaviour, migration patterns, habitat use, and feeding and reproduction on the Galapagos Islands. This information will help us to develop effective conservation policies, and we can work closely with the Galapagos National Park Directorate in order to protect these amazing marine predators. We work together to promote peaceful coexistence and protect the habitat of sharks and humans, and ensure a healthy future.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve is home to at least 35 shark species, some of which have been endemic or are frequent visitors. The Galapagos Shark, the majestic Tiger Shark, the elegant Blacktip, the mesmerizing Whitetip, and the massive Whale are just a few of the species. The Galapagos waters are home to a wide variety of sharks, proving the importance and need to protect this ecosystem.
Sharks are important to the Galapagos Archipelago’s marine ecosystem, and local economy. Shark sightings are a major factor in marine tourism, which is a significant contributor to the economy of the Galapagos Archipelago. The world’s visitors come from all over to see and swim with these majestic aquatic creatures in the natural habitat. They provide residents with income and jobs, and enhance the visitor experience.
Galapagos Conservancy, as part of its commitment to marine conservation works to protect Galapagos sharks and their habitats. This includes supporting studies and researching to maintain the GMR’s health and beauty. Galapagos Sharks’ history is one of hope and resilience, demonstrating that we can all make a positive difference by working together to preserve our marine life. Shark Awareness Day is a day to remember that we are all intrinsically linked to the oceans and marine life. Protecting sharks will ensure their survival, and keep our marine ecosystems in balance.