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We invite you to meet Madison Stewart; an Australian filmmaker, diver and educator passionate about shark conservation, through her organisation Project Hiu.
We discuss the importance of sharks for our ecosystem, and learn ways we can help to protect them!
"I've been obsessed with sharks since I was a little girl. It wasn't until I witnessed the drastic decline of sharks I grew up diving with that I felt I had to do something to help."
"I'm currently in Lombok, Indonesia. I run a project here that aims to transition shark fishermen into tourism. Replacing their income and helping sharks at the same time!"
"Sharks are an important part of our oceans, they play the role of keeping the ecosystem healthy. In addition to that they are our last dinosaurs and we need to respect them!"
"I think the biggest thing holding back people caring for sharks is fear. If people realised that sharks have more to fear from us perhaps their perception would change. It's also important for people to realise that they can have a huge impact with helping sharks, the power of an individual will be the biggest factor in the future of sharks!"
"There are places where shark populations have declined 97%! Humans kill 100 million sharks a year and lightning strikes kill more people than sharks do!"
Let's focus on three things that can contain shark:
If you choose to eat seafood, wear makeup or take supplements... be a smart consumer and question everything!
"A study from the University of Exeter shows that 67% of 46 sharks analysed contained micro plastics and other man-made fibre in their digestive system. Though the impact on the sharks’ health is unknown, it's quite a shocking statistic. In addition to this you often see sharks entangled in discarded fishing nets or plastic"
Alright Coco Community... has your perception of sharks changed?