Shark-diving is a fast-growing tourism industry across the globe and, according to Vianna et al. (2018), shark tourism is estimated to engage ~500,000 participants every year!
In 2011, 376 shark ecotour operations across 83 locations and 8 geographic regions were identified generating significant economic benefits to local communities and economies. In Fiji, for example, shark tourism generates over $42 million (USD) annually to the country's economy; in Palau (Micronesia), the industry generates around $18 million (USD) per year; and, in Australia, shark diving generates annual revenues of $25.5 million (USD). But, the most valuable shark tourism worldwide occurs in the Bahamas, and generates annual revenues of over $109 million (USD)!
So, what do these data tell us? Well, first and foremost, they show just how more valuable sharks are alive than dead. They also highlight the power and critical importance of ecotourism revolving around sharks. We believe that ecotourism is one of the most viable and important avenues to take to save sharks! So next time you decide to take a vacation, why not find a sustainable and responsibly run shark ecotourism company to head to?
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