Shark Meat, Why We Shouldn't Eat Top Predators
Of course, bear in mind that this blog entry is our opinion, but we will back that up with scientific research found on our resources page. Sharks have been around for 400 million years, and survived all 5 mass extinction events. To us, sharks did not evolve into the perfect ocean predator over this inconceivable amount of time to be hunted. They are the hunters. When homo sapiens came into the picture just 200,000 years ago, we pushed in to the place of “top predator” banking on the fact that everything before us would adjust to our presence.
Just like the famous case for the wolves in Yellowstone, sharks do not bounce back from overfishing (or hunting) like the lower trophic levels that are meant to be hunted. Sharks are slow to reach sexual maturity, produce small litter sizes, and hopefully live a very long time. To use Thresher shark as an example, because they are commonly seen in fish markets for their meat, they don’t reach sexual maturity until around age 14, only producing about 4 to 6 pups at a time. In short, harvesting commercial extraction of wild animals is usually temporary, it’s a finite resource, not a renewable one. We are not growing sharks to eat them, we are just taking them.