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We hope this research helps shark conservationists' work to improve, implement and enforce legislation, and to transform fisheries - all with the aim of safeguarding the future of sharks.
"Sharks are fascinating and diverse animals, but there's much more to them than that. A world without sharks would have serious consequences for marine and freshwater ecosystems. As well as, the many human communities and economies that depend on them.
Diverse shark populations are important for Healthy Oceans; they play an integral role in keeping our ocean's healthy. They do this by keeping other populations in check and preying on the sick and old. This prevents the spread of disease and improves the gene pool and Global Diversity; sharks are an integral part of our natural world and support biodiversity."