For Project AWARE's Shout Out for Sharks Month, I found this infographic from Surfmeisters that shows statistics on shark populations for eight species. The information is a very sad! Hopefully, as a global community, we can make enough changes to cease such highly destructive practices.
I'm going a little out of the ordinary handmade items today with a small PSA about oceanic conservation and saving sharks. The biggest reason, sharks are very important to our global ecosystem, and as many as 73 million are killed each year for their fins. The second reason - my family and I are relocating, so I'm just not working on projects this week.
As is evident by the vast majority of my products, my twitter feed, and the environmentally friendly way I try to live, one of my biggest passions is conservation. I absolutely adore sharks, and I appreciate everything they have to offer the world. That's why I donate proceeds to Project Aware at Christmas, and I try to make sure to spread the word about the wonders - instead of the horrors - of sharks.
According to Project Aware: " Nearly one out of five shark species is classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as Threatened with extinction. That doesn’t even include hundreds of species (almost half of all sharks) whose population status cannot be assessed because of lack of information. Scientists warn that, in actuality, a third of sharks might already be threatened."
The biggest thing that I would love to see is more protections to save these animals before the different species are pushed beyond repair. With this, I implore everyone to sign this petition to save such a wonderful group of animals.
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