Sharks have actually existed on the planet for more than 450 million years and survived mass extinctions in the past– today their greatest danger is humanity..
Humans frantically need sharks too as they keep fish populations in check, which helps the ocean bed continue to work as a carbon sink.
Madison, who requires urgent action, said: “They can endure without us, however we cant endure without them.”.
Envoy: Shark Cull airs as part of Discoverys Shark Week on July 18. To find out more on the campaign check out here.
7Sharks captured in the Indonesia fishing trade, which Madison is trying to combatCredit: Caragh Fraser.
7Madison Stewart, called Shark Girl, spoke up about the animals shes seen trapped in internet and on drumline hooksCredit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7A whale trapped in the nuts that were used to try to keep sharks far from Australias shorelinesCredit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7Madison Stewart explained seeing animals struggle under the water as dreadful Credit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7One hammerhead shark captured in a net– 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 video camera draws closer the predator blinks– shes still alive and could suffer approximately three days prior to her death..
This heartbreaking memory stuck with conservationist Madison Stewart, 27, who fears sharks might be erased in years if action isnt taken..
7One shark hooked on a drumline in Australia, the creatures are not able to free themselves and suffer a dreadful, uncomfortable 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, made the nickname Shark Girl due to her work informing others about one of the most misunderstood animals of the ocean..
Madison, who left of school at 14 to be homeschooled, was frightened by how the environment had changed under the water.
She ended up being mindful of fishing webs and huge hooks suspended on buoys, understood as drumlines, that were used in a quote to decrease shark attacks..
Madison includes in the brand-new documentary Envoy: Shark Cull, which examines this technique– and airs July 18 as part of Discoverys Shark Week..
Floating seafood buffet.
It shines a light on the strategies used to hinder sharks from swimming in the waters close to family and surfing beaches, which the doc claims do not work..
Sharks and big amounts of bycatch are captured in the traps, which apparently lures more sharks and was called “a drifting seafood buffet”.
Madison informed The Sun: “The things we captured on movie are dreadful.
” Ive seen turtles, stingrays, harmless sharks without teeth, rays and lots of different species of sharks.
” I think one of the hardest things for me to see was a large female tiger shark that seemed pregnant hanging on a drumline.
” She was hanging vertically so I presumed she was dead but when I tried to get a close-up shot, her eye began to move and I realised she was still alive.
” I remained in the water with such a powerful predator that had actually been left in such a weak and defeated position by being caught..
” It was horrific, Ive never ever seen a tiger shark so tired from her battle that all she could do was blink her eye due to being a victim to a drumline.
” For some sharks, when water passes over their gills it enables them to breathe, so when they are caught they can be alive for at least 3 days, which is truly horrific to think about.”.
57 attacks last year.
Over the past couple of years, there has been considerable dispute about how to discourage sharks from public beaches..
In 2015, 18 of the 57 worlds shark attacks took place in Australia, according to the Florida Museum, but campaigners believe federal government measures have actually gone too far.
After an obvious spate of casualties, Queensland and New South Wales implemented drumlines and sea internet to discourage sharks from swimming near the general public.
The webs, which are around 500 metres from the coast, do not reach down to the ocean flooring nor the surface area, so there are spaces where sharks can swim around..
Its a dreadful, uncomfortable and sluggish method to eliminate a bunch of animals.Madison Stewart.
Campaigners claim older sharks are most likely to get caught in the nets and on hooks, which imply juveniles that are less utilized to human interaction swim closer to the public.
Video reveals other sea animals are trapped in the net too, which the doc claims teaches sharks that they can get a simple meal close to busy beaches..
They allege that many Australians are unaware that the drumline hooks are baited so they can lower and capture shark populations.
Conservationists like Madison condemn the present measures, claiming its a “horrific, painful and slow method to kill a lot of animals” that does not work..
She informed The Sun: “Its not protecting people at the beaches thats the biggest factor and the whole point of it.
” The public should have security versus sharks and this process is damaging other marine life in an antiquated method so that individuals can feel comfy.
” Sharks are harmful and we do require security– theres no point of disregarding that– however killing animals in this method is an inefficient control programme.
” The method we respond to sharks resembles they are terrorists … its like were out for blood now, its revenge time.”.
Its an incorrect sense of security at finest, which is just drawing more individuals into the ocean to risk their lives.Paul De Gelder, shark bite survivor.
Shark bite survivor Paul De Gelder, who lost his right lower limb in 2009, is also versus the usage of webs and drumlines.
He stated: “The issue that I have with the culling of sharks … is that its not a service by any methods.
” Its a false sense of security at finest, which is just drawing more individuals into the ocean to risk their lives … Its not a service by any methods, theyre just eliminating sharks.”.
Lawrence Chlebeck, a marine biologist from Humane Society International, argues that shark attacks arent as frequent as we think..
He also believes the general public has terrific misconceptions about the oceanic predator and branded attacks unfortunate interactions.
Lawrence said: “We hear words like maul, male eater and attack but most precisely these are interactions … its a bump or an investigative bite.
” We all understand that those bites can be traumatic and very awful, but it takes place really, very hardly ever and is practically never ever an actual attack..
” It all feeds into the public mind … and they think the sharks are out there searching them whichs truly not whats occurring at all.
” Shark researchers will inform you shark numbers are diminishing and have actually been for the last 50 to 60 years.”.
What if our ignorance will wipe them out– not in 100 years, not in 50 years, this generation, right now?Envoy: Shark Cull.
The documentary, which was made by Andre Borell, brand names Australias shark deterrent procedures “an 83-year cull”.
The deaths in Australia sign up with more than 100 million that are eliminated in the fishing industry each year– sometimes through bycatch and other times for shark fin soup..
A 2013 report found that world shark populations had declined by between 90 and 95 percent over the last 30 years, which leads advocates to fear they will end up being extinct.
” What if our lack of knowledge was about to clean them out– not in 100 years, not in 50 years, this generation, today?,” the documentary asks.
Declining shark populations likewise posture a problem for the world too and the delicately well balanced environment under the water.
Excellent Barrier grief.
The results have reached the Great Barrier Reef, which is the worlds biggest coral reef system, can be seen from area and is home to thousands of species..
The natural wonder remains in “really poor health” from our oceans getting warmer, acidification and the “extraction of predators” consisting of sharks.
Without sharks to function as the “physician” for these waters, populations of other sea animals “take off in number”.
This puts more pressure on the reef and likewise minimizes the quantity of carbon undersea environments can trap causing increased worldwide warming..
Envoy: Shark Cull likewise explores non-lethal alternatives that can be utilized to hinder sharks consisting of a gadget that gives off an electromagnetic field..
In an experiment to test the tech, only one of the 322 sharks crossed into a forbidden zone.
Other choices include producing a thick forest of kelp out of plastic, which sharks naturally prevent because they fear getting stuck.
Madison believes great obligation needs to be taken by surfers and beachgoers, who she thinks must inform themselves..
They can endure without us, however we cant make it through without them.Madison Stewart.
She told The Sun: “We require to produce a much safer future where people and sharks can exist side-by-side together..
” Most nations would be absolutely happy to have the kind of wildlife that we do [in Australia] and we just abuse that privilege so much.
” I always remember in school people talk to us about sex, drugs, all kinds of things however no one informed us about sharks.”.