Category Archives: Shark Tourism

Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism

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LONDON (UK)- The Manta Trust, Project AWARE®, and WWF have released the Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice, the world’s first-ever guidelines for shark and ray tourism operators. The Guide aims to provide practical, science-based guidance to help tourism operators, NGOs and local communities develop and maintain well managed tourism operations that help conserve shark and ray […]

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10th Annual Whale Shark Festival in Isla Mujeres

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ISLA MUJERES (MEXICO)- The Isla Mujeres Department of Tourism and international Festival sponsor Ceviche Tours have announced the dates of this year’s Whale Shark Festival, which takes place for the 10th time on the small Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico.  The Festival will be held July 20-23, 2017 in Isla Mujeres, a short trip from Cancun International Airport. Isla Mujeres […]

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Another reason to save sharks: they bring in tourists

Baby whale shark. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Drew and Marissa.

NABIRE (PAPUA)- The whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay National Park, Papua, also known as ‘The Galápagos of the East’, have become a main tourist attraction. In 2012, the park listed 1,764 foreign and local tourists and in 2016 this was over 4000 foreign and local visitors. The chance of meeting one of the gentle giants is pretty big, here off the Kwatisore fishing platform […]

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Sharks are worth more alive than dead. A lot more.

Shark diving in the Bahamas. Photo: Dan Theurer/Flickr Creative Commons

WASHINGTON (USA)- Last year shark diving tourism generated over $221 million in revenue and fueled over 3,700 jobs in the southern state of Florida, according to an independent report, commissioned by Oceana. The report highlights the stark contrast between the value of sharks to Florida’s dive industry ($221 million) and the total U.S. shark fin export market ($1.03 million in 2015). In other […]

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Shark cage diving vs. paua diving

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STEWART ISLAND (NEW ZEALAND)- ‘Stewart Island will become just like Amity Island, the fictive island in the movie Jaws, if the shark cage diving practices are not stopped soon.’ It’s a statement of the Kiwi political party New Zealand First. The diving tourism around the island is attracting more sharks to the waters and paua (abalone) divers are feeling more and more like shark bait. […]

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Shark Tourism under discussion

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STEWART ISLAND (NEW ZEALAND)- Is shark tourism, where great whites are lured to boats and diver cages, causing danger to beachgoers? The local residents of Stewart Island are fed up with shark dive operators and are calling for them to be barred from continuing the practice. Atracting great whites is causing danger for other professionals like paua divers, who collect these shells […]

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