Non-governmental organisations, regional organisations, governmental bodies, and the private sector (commercial divers, veterinarians, journalists) met to determine the wording of a message to Pacific Island decision-makers and managers. Sharks, pillars of aquatic ecosystem processes Specialists at the meeting first agreed on two key points for their discussions: 1) the disquieting disappearance of sharks and rays in the Pacific, even if this region of the world may appear to have been spared more than others, and 2) the need to look at the decrease in stocks from the perspective of the major role these animals play in marine ecosystems, both coastal and offshore. Not only do sharks contribute to the good health of ecosystems — by promoting biodiversity — but also to ecosystem productivity, a crucial point that could be translated by the statement, " The greater the number of sharks, the more fish there will be to catch! ". The main factor in the decline of shark and ray populations is overfishing. Immediate action must be taken to reduce fishing mortality for sharks by all possible means.