Sharks have existed on Earth for around 400 million years. They have evolved to become the top predator in our oceans. Without them, our marine ecosystems would break down. Worldwide, humans have learned to fear sharks. These fears re largely unfounded and are based on false information, yet they continue through generations. The most remarkable contributor to this illogical fear response, was the movie “Jaws”. A simple movie, whose impressions were fictional and portrayals of shark behavior –0inaccurate, has now led to generation upon generation handing down an unfounded fear of these beautiful and misconstrued creatures.
By understanding their role, behavior, lifecycle and biology, we as humans will become more educated – enough to care about the plight of the oceans apex predator – and enough to want to do something to help. In this regard, the Spotlight on Sharks Photo Exhibition was held last November 14 to 17, 2016 at Ayala Center, Cebu City.
Spearheaded by Greenpeace and other stakeholders, the Spotlight on Sharks Photo Exhibition is one of the series of events to highlight the 2nd Shark Summit held in Dumaguete City. Other activities included shark and ray management and conservation issues. Activities included talks on why healthy oceans need sharks, policy advocacy drives, and a multi-stakeholder meeting replication on a Senate Bill to protect sharks and rays in the Philippines.
The 2nd Shark Summit was organized by Save Sharks Network Philippines and buoyed by the Philippine Foundation for the Environment, Silliman University-Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Greenpeace, Save Philippine Seas, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, the Large Marine Vertebrates Project, Van Tienhoven Foundation, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Pew Charitable Trusts, Islands Souvenirs, and American Spaces.
The Spotlight on Sharks Photo Exhibition was in time as well where entire Cebu became the first and only island in the Philippines to ban the catching, selling, possession and trading of all shark species and its byproducts after Cebu City sealed the deal to prohibit such activities in its area and joined the province in the ban.