Sharks have existed on the world for more than 450 million years and survived mass extinctions in the past– today their biggest hazard is mankind..
Human beings desperately need sharks too as they keep fish populations in check, which assists the ocean bed continue to serve as a carbon sink.
Madison, who requires urgent action, said: “They can survive without us, but we cant make it through without them.”.
Envoy: Shark Cull airs as part of Discoverys Shark Week on July 18. To learn more on the campaign visit here.
7Sharks caught in the Indonesia fishing trade, which Madison is attempting to combatCredit: Caragh Fraser.
7Madison Stewart, called Shark Girl, spoke out about the creatures shes seen caught in webs and on drumline hooksCredit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7A whale trapped in the nuts that were used to attempt to keep sharks far from Australias shorelinesCredit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7Madison Stewart explained seeing animals battle under the water as dreadful Credit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7One hammerhead shark captured in a web– some sharks are trapped for 3 days before they dieCredit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
A PREGNANT tiger shark hangs lifelessly from a metal hook, as the electronic camera draws better the predator blinks– shes still alive and could suffer as much as 3 days before her death..
This heartbreaking memory stuck with conservationist Madison Stewart, 27, who fears sharks could be wiped out in years if action isnt taken..
7One shark hooked on a drumline in Australia, the animals are not able to free themselves and suffer a horrific, unpleasant and slow deathCredit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7Madison, nicknamed Shark Girl, has campaigned for years to end abuse towards sharks.
The Australian, from the Gold Coast, earned the nickname Shark Girl due to her work informing others about one of the most misconstrued animals of the ocean..
Madison, who left of school at 14 to be homeschooled, was horrified by how the environment had actually altered under the water.
She ended up being mindful of fishing internet and huge hooks suspended on buoys, called drumlines, that were utilized in a quote to minimize shark attacks..
Madison includes in the brand-new documentary Envoy: Shark Cull, which analyzes this method– and airs July 18 as part of Discoverys Shark Week..
Floating seafood buffet.
It shines a light on the strategies utilized to hinder sharks from swimming in the waters close to household and surfing beaches, which the doc claims do not work..
Sharks and big amounts of bycatch are caught in the traps, which supposedly draws more sharks and was called “a drifting seafood buffet”.
Madison told The Sun: “The things we photographed are horrific.
” Ive seen turtles, stingrays, safe sharks without teeth, rays and great deals of various species of sharks.
” I believe one of the hardest things for me to see was a large female tiger shark that appeared to be pregnant hanging on a drumline.
” She was hanging vertically so I presumed she was dead however when I tried to get a close-up shot, her eye began to move and I realised she was still alive.
” I was in the water with such a powerful predator that had actually been left in such a weak and beat position by being trapped..
” It was dreadful, Ive never ever seen a tiger shark so tired from her struggle that all she might do was blink her eye due to being a victim to a drumline.
” For some sharks, when water passes over their gills it allows them to breathe, so when they are caught they can be alive for at least three days, which is really dreadful to think of.”.
57 attacks in 2015.
Over the previous few decades, there has been significant argument about how to hinder sharks from public beaches..
Last year, 18 of the 57 worlds shark attacks took place in Australia, according to the Florida Museum, however advocates think federal government procedures have gone too far.
After an apparent wave of casualties, Queensland and New South Wales executed drumlines and sea nets to discourage sharks from swimming near the public.
The internet, which are around 500 metres from the coast, do not reach down to the ocean flooring nor the surface, so there are spaces where sharks can swim around..
Its a horrific, painful and sluggish method to eliminate a lot of animals.Madison Stewart.
Campaigners claim older sharks are most likely to get caught in the webs and on hooks, which imply juveniles that are less utilized to human interaction swim closer to the public.
Video footage reveals other sea animals are caught in the net too, which the doc declares teaches sharks that they can get a simple meal close to hectic beaches..
They declare that lots of Australians are unaware that the drumline hooks are baited so they can lower and catch shark populations.
Conservationists like Madison condemn the present procedures, declaring its a “dreadful, painful and sluggish method to kill a lot of animals” that does not work..
She told The Sun: “Its not safeguarding individuals at the beaches thats the greatest aspect and the entire point of it.
” The public are worthy of security against sharks and this procedure is destroying other marine life in an antiquated method so that people can feel comfy.
” Sharks are dangerous and we do need defense– theres no point of neglecting that– however eliminating animals in this way is an ineffective control programme.
” The method we react to sharks is like they are terrorists … its like were out for blood now, its revenge time.”.
Its an incorrect sense of security at best, which is just tempting more people into the ocean to risk their lives.Paul De Gelder, shark bite survivor.
Shark bite survivor Paul De Gelder, who lost his right lower arm and leg in 2009, is also against using internet and drumlines.
He stated: “The issue that I have with the culling of sharks … is that its not a solution by any ways.
” Its a false sense of security at finest, which is only tempting more people into the ocean to risk their lives … Its not a solution by any ways, theyre simply killing sharks.”.
Maneater mistaken belief.
Lawrence Chlebeck, a marine biologist from Humane Society International, argues that shark attacks arent as regular as we think..
He likewise thinks the public has great misconceptions about the oceanic predator and branded attacks regrettable interactions.
Lawrence said: “We hear words like whip, man eater and attack but most properly these are interactions … its a bump or an investigative bite.
” We all comprehend that those bites can be really awful and distressing, but it takes place extremely, very hardly ever and is almost never ever a real attack..
” It all feeds into the public mind … and they believe the sharks are out there searching them and thats truly not whats taking place at all.
” Shark scientists will tell you shark numbers are decreasing and have been for the last 50 to 60 years.”.
What if our ignorance was about to wipe them out– not in 100 years, not in 50 years, this generation, ideal now?Envoy: Shark Cull.
The documentary, which was made by Andre Borell, brand names Australias shark deterrent measures “an 83-year cull”.
The deaths in Australia sign up with more than 100 million that are killed in the fishing industry each year– sometimes through bycatch and other times for shark fin soup..
A 2013 report discovered that world shark populations had declined by between 90 and 95 percent over the last 30 years, which leads campaigners to fear they will end up being extinct.
” What if our ignorance will wipe them out– not in 100 years, not in 50 years, this generation, right now?,” the documentary asks.
Declining shark populations likewise pose a problem for the world too and the delicately well balanced environment under the water.
Great Barrier sorrow.
The effects have reached the Great Barrier Reef, which is the worlds largest reef system, can be seen from area and is house to countless types..
The natural wonder is in “very poor health” from our oceans getting warmer, acidification and the “extraction of predators” including sharks.
Without sharks to work as the “doctor” for these waters, populations of other sea animals “take off in number”.
This puts more pressure on the reef and also lowers the quantity of carbon underwater environments can trap leading to increased worldwide warming..
Envoy: Shark Cull likewise explores non-lethal alternatives that can be utilized to hinder sharks consisting of a device that produces an electromagnetic field..
In an experiment to check the tech, only one of the 322 sharks crossed into a prohibited zone.
Other options include producing a thick forest of kelp out of plastic, which sharks naturally prevent due to the fact that they fear getting stuck.
Madison thinks excellent responsibility needs to be taken by beachgoers and web surfers, who she thinks need to inform themselves..
They can make it through without us, however we cant make it through without them.Madison Stewart.
She told The Sun: “We need to produce a much safer future where humans and sharks can coexist together..
” Most countries would be definitely delighted to have the kind of wildlife that we do [in Australia] and we simply abuse that advantage so much.
” I constantly remember in school people talk with us about sex, drugs, all examples however nobody told us about sharks.”.