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We have been made aware of a video of a beached Tiger Shark that was shot to death that was circulated on social media. It is evident from the comments in the video, as well as, the discussions that followed the social media post that more education about regulations regarding sharks in The Bahamas and shark behavior are needed. The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) would like to use this opportunity to share some critical information about sharks and the regulations governing them in The Bahamas.
In 2011, sharks became fully protected in The Bahamas, turning the 243,000 square miles of the Bahamian archipelago into a shark sanctuary. It is illegal to catch or harm any shark in The Bahamas.
The Bahamas is known as the Shark Diving capital of the world. It’s estimated that Sharks bring in around $114 million dollars every year in The Bahamas. People from around the world travel to The Bahamas to dive with sharks. Tiger sharks are at the top of the bucket list for many people, and places like Tiger beach in Grand Bahama are famous for their populations of these large predators.
The Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is a large predatory shark found in tropical and temperate waters around the world. Mature Tiger sharks have virtually no predators, but like most shark species, they are heavily fished, both commercially and recreationally. Reduction in their numbers comes mainly from targeted and accidental catch in fisheries. Their reputation as a species that attacks people (which is very rarely) makes them a target of ‘population control’ efforts in some places, a practice that is not supported, especially not in The Bahamas where they are fully protected by law.
As a result, their numbers are declining, and they have been listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Near- threatened. Like many sharks, these apex predators play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of marine life that humans benefit from, especially in The Bahamas.
We are working aggressively, with the help of the relevant authorities to have all parties involved in the incident prosecuted.
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