3. The "conservationists" catch exclusively vulnerable species.
Mako sharks, thresher sharks and porbeagle sharks are all listed by the IUCN Red List as vulnerable to extinction -- and are all incredibly ecologically important as apex predators. Funny enough, these are the only three species involved in the Monster Shark Tournament in which the fishermen compete. There are, as the saying goes, a lot of other fish in the sea. But, because of some cruel whim of the gods of fish, the only fish these fishers choose to fish are the ones that might go extinct.
4. The show -- and its participants -- are motivated by money, not conservation.
By its very premise, "Shark Hunters" is about a competition for money -- and a lot of it. The winner of one contest stands to waddle home with a $10,000 check weighing his pocket down. And in a press release for last year's season, the boat captains even touted their winnings -- one fisherman alone has won more than $600,000 in tournaments. When shark fishing pays the bills, the incentive to conserve species and not fish shark is astoundingly low.
So, despite the perhaps charming, toothless grins of the shark captains and their winsome crew, remember: there are a lot of other fish in the sea and there are a lot of other TV shows, too.