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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China’s biggest airline says no to shark fin trade

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GUANGZHOU (China)- Based in the city of Guangzhou, the world’s largest trading hub for shark fins, China Southern Airlines has banned shark fin shipments and promised to “actively participate” in animal conservation. China Southern’s ban will no doubt send a strong message to the many Guangzhou shark fin traders that their business activities are often illegal, but always unethical, immoral, […]

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Ocearch concludes shark research in Northern Atlantic

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PARK CITY (USA)- Eleven sharks tagged by Ocearch.org have surfaced off the Atlantic coasts of the US states of South Carolina and Georgia in the past few days, sending their location information via satellite to the organization that tracks them. It’s a regular shark party!!! Great whites and tiger sharks Ocearch, a globally recognized nonprofit dedicated to the study and tracking of keystone marine […]

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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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