By purchasing a hunting license WWF considers save 20,000 sharks per year
Save sharks by hunting! Such is the amazing and no less brilliant strategy conducted by WWF to protect sharks from overfishing. The NGO has purchased one of five hunting licenses at the net following a call for donations on July 13. Particularly deadly on the reef, these hunting licenses, issued by the Queensland Government, allow fishermen to deploy a net 1.2 kilometers on a corridor passing through the water. Thanks to donations from thousands of contributors from 30 different countries worldwide, the association was able to purchase a first license to 100,000 Australian dollars (about 70,000 euros) in just six days. Cheerful, WWF even doubled his goal on July 19 to continue the conquest of the largest coral reef in the world. The next day, Wednesday, July 20, more than half the price of the license has already been lifted.
In 2015, WWF estimates at 100,000 the number of sharks caught, an increase of 80% over the previous year. Among the predators caught, many hammerhead sharks, listed on the red list of endangered species have been identified not to mention dolphins and turtles, victims along these threads. Based on this success, WWF aims to buy a second license to save 20,000 sharks per year.