|Learning about sharks at Le Tausagi's EnviroDiscoveries Camp in Aunu'u|
Sharks play an important role in Samoan culture, as seen in proverbs, legends, and traditional fishing practices. They help to maintain a healthy ocean, which the people of Samoa rely on as a source of food. As apex predators, sharks keep the marine ecosystem balanced. For example, sharks build resiliency for coral reefs by eating mid-level predators, thus protecting smaller fish that clean algae from corals. The loss of sharks leads to the loss of commercially valuable species and other reef fish.
The Coalition of Reef Lovers has partnered with the Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG) to support the efforts of the American Samoan government to raise public awareness about the need to protect the sharks . By safeguarding these animals, we can protect our valuable marine resources. Follow along with oureach efforts at Polynesia Shark Defenders.