When you think of predators, do you immediately think of tigers and lions? In reality, the real super predator on our planet is the man. Hunters and fishermen prevail over predators from all over the world when it comes to exploiting available resources.

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This is what has been highlighted by researchers from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, the University of Victoria, and the Hakai Institute, who together have identified the man as a super predator of the planet and therefore suggest a paradigm shift in resource management. The study in question was published in the journal Science.

Researchers drew on data from more than 300 studies to conduct a comprehensive meta-analysis showing that, for example, fishing exploits adult fish at a rate 14 times higher than the action of natural non-human predators of fish. oceans.

When it comes to hunting, humans have been defined as large carnivores that kill animals at a rate of 9 times higher than other predators. Hunting by man takes into consideration both herbivorous and carnivorous animals and the situation is aggravated when it is carried out simply to obtain trophies and to participate in competitions and competitions.

Ecosystems around the world, according to experts, are increasingly showing signs of human dominance. In their opinion, the new technologies, which should have benefited humanity and the world, have actually transformed the man into a super predator that has no regard for the resources it exploits.

In nature, marine predators turn to species of lesser reproductive interest, showing maximum intelligence, while humans take advantage of adult fish and aquatic animals with maximum reproductive potential. For example, a man with fishing is interested in catching adult salmon, while non-human aquatic predators turn to younger fish.

According to the researchers involved in the study, as super predators, hunters and fishermen operate beyond the limits of natural ecosystems. In their opinion, to restore balance, it would be necessary to introduce new management of resources by referring to the exploitation rates implemented by natural predators, real models of sustainability.

Shifting the attention of man from adult prey to young ones would entail a very marked cultural, economic, and institutional change and experts are wondering if such a change will be possible. In conclusion, the researchers envision a bold transformation of resource management, whereby mimicking the predation rates of non-human predators could hold the real key to sustainability.


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