AbstractThis paper examines the need for conservancy of
morecommonly known as the great white shark, and our conservation efforts thus far
The biological scarcity of the species including their position on the trophic hierarchy andtheir K-selected status creates a naturally low abundance of the predator. The negativeimpact of humans through our practice of trophy hunting, fin harvesting, and incidentalkillings by commercial fishermen is greatly decreasing the population of the species. Our conservation efforts have been focus on researching great white sharks in order to better understand what the species needs to survive. In addition, on both a national andinternational scale we are attempting to ban trade in great white shark fins, jaws and teethas well as protecting their habitats from trophy hunters and commercial fishing interests.
For many of us the nightmare is common, shared by all those who have ever looked out at the deep abyss of the ocean and ruminated about what demons it might beconcealing. The nightmare goes as follows. You find yourself swimming in the ocean asthe sun begins to set on the horizon. As the sun wanes the salty water surrounding youquickly grows darker and less discernible. You suddenly realize that your feet cannotreach the bottom and an anxiety fills you and refuses to dissipate. It is then that you feel asudden swelling in the water that lifts you up and shifts you over. This sudden undulationinstantly tells you that you are not alone in this vast ocean and indeed something very,very colossal is certainly nearby. It is at this moment that you see a dark, shiny fin1