The Galapagos has become a genetic bank to reseed extinct marine ecosystems. Identifying and protecting the habitats of juvenile sharks matters because young sharks are often the most vulnerable, and their survival is vital to the future of their species. Nonetheless, with the rate at which predators catch and kill the sharks, the nurseries must be protected when they are discovered. It's simple: protecting the sharks protects the ocean and protecting the ocean protects the planet.
Any effort to conserve and preserve the hammerhead shark nurseries must support small-scale fishers' legitimate rights and welfare. Strict regulations protecting endangered sharks could negatively impact the livelihoods of locals — who often catch the species unintentionally — by reducing their income and eliminating a key source of food. Fishery-led conservation, which could include a fair compensation scheme, can have a meaningful effect on fisher behavior and marine conservation globally.
There is a 50% chance that at least 8.82% of the Earth's marine area will be protected for wildlife in 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.