From RTSea's Blog again. If it's perfect the first time why change anything:
If you have been trying to convince your friends and relatives about the importance of shark conservation but are being dismissed as "that crazy shark lover" - Oceana.org has issued a great report that puts the issue in perspective with easy-to-read terminology and documented examples.
Predators as Prey: Why Healthy Oceans Need Sharks makes a strong case for the need for shark conservation by explaining the impact on marine ecosystems when shark populations decline. It covers the cascade or domino effects and the impact on shark intimidation (detailed in my July 15th posting). A quick read and visually attractive, it's available in .pdf format for easy emailing to any skeptics or Doubting Thomases you may know.
Editors Note: The easy-to-read terminology and documented examples are key to the ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of the public and of the shark diving community which in many cases still sees sharks as little more than biological ATM Machines. Perhaps this strident report will begin change minds across the spectrum, only time will tell. One person. One website. One blog at a time.