The great white shark is the most feared shark in the ocean. They have a bad reputation with shark attacks that are ferocious and deadly. In South Carolina there is a bill that was introduced by Representative Chip Limehouse that makes it illegal to catch a great white shark and keep it in South Carolina. These sharks already have protection by federal law, but these sharks are still in trouble with their decline in population. This bill is trying to help out the great whites by forbidding humans to catch and keep the shark. Any fisherman that catches the shark has to release it immediately back into the ocean according to the bill. The bill has already been introduced back on January 23, 2014 and has been discussed by a House subcommitee in Columbia, South Carolina. It is uncommon to see these sharks in the East coast waters, but have been noticed more in South Carolina coast. The sharks are in a steady population number without any increase or decrease in population. Researchers in South Carolina are keeping track of the movements of great whites by tagging them and track where they go. These shark are an important predator in the marine ecosystem. They are at the top of the food chain and everything that goes on in the oceans is to feed the great white shark. If these animals were to go extinct the populations of the seal, sea lion and other animals would greatly increase in number. The problem that arises is that the whole ecosystem would chain because the seal an sea lions would eat themselves out. The great white shark is needed in the oceans to keep everything balanced and that’s why the great white shark has been protected in many places around the world.
-by Marshall Clark
Fretwell, S. 17 FEB 2014. ” Great white sharks would see additional protection in SC waters.” MyrtleBeachOnline