Saturday, September 14, 2013

Televisa Bull Shark Reportage

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Televisa presented yesterday a very complete and interesting reportage about the bull sharks in Quintana Roo, exposing the different points of view of the stakeholders: the fishermen, the conservation supporters, the biologists, the ecotourism service providers and the authorities.

The Mexican coasts are part of the second largest coral reef in the world, and therefore include a great variety of marine species. Sharks, being top predators in the food chain, play a vital role in this rich marine ecosystem. They are one of the groups of fish that control the growth of various secondary predator populations and thus play a key role in maintaining the ecological balance. The bull shark population of Quintana Roo has decreased significantly due mainly to overfishing, thus leading the species to be endangered. The loss of these animals would destabilize the food chain and cause profound profound negative effects on the ecosystem.

This results in serious ecological and socio-economic impacts, as the bull shark is now considered one of the most important ecotourism resources of the region.

We need to act immediately to take measures for the conservation and management of this species. Proper utilization management in the country can turn the country in a ecotouristic benchmark and make it position as a world leader in the conservation of these animals.

Phantom Divers, as pioneering dive center offering encounters with bull sharks in Playa del Carmen, promotes the protection of this species for ecotouristic use, thereby benefiting the marine ecosystem and the people of the region.

To see the video click HERE

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