Forever Wild Shark Conservation Initiative
Globally, there has been a reported decline of between 60-95% in Great White Shark numbers in the last 50 years. Recent studies indicate that certain population figures could be 50% lower than predicted indicating that this already threatened species could be closer to extinction than previously thought.
The decline is believed to be the result of trophy fishing, commercial fishing, anti-shark nets and the high demand, unregulated and mostly illegal trade in shark jaws, fins, cartilage, meat, liver oil, leather and neonates.
The biological traits of sharks, coupled with small population levels, make it difficult for great white shark populations to recover from sharp population declines. The great white shark is an apex predator with a role of keeping prey species in check and thus the removal of great whites significantly disrupts the natural balance of the marine ecosystem.
The Wilderness Foundation partnered with Stuart Connacher of Facing It, a South African adventure ocean racer, who recently took on the 3,000 nautical miles Tallisker Whisky Trans-Atlantic rowing challenge, to promote awareness of ocean wilderness and marine conservation throughout the process.