Tag Archives: shark tourism

Mexico creates official Caribbean refuge for whale sharks

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CANCUN (MEXICO)- Every year between may and September whale sharks gather off the Caribbean coast of the peninsula of Yucatan. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has decided to protect these gentle giants by creating an official refuge area of 633,000 hectares. The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, through the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, will enforce the protection program […]

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Swimming with hand-fed whale sharks: a guilty pleasure

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

OSLOB (PHILIPPINES)- Over 250,000 tourists a year come to Oslob, Cebu, in the Philippines to experience swimming with the world’s largest sharks: whale sharks. Despite the moral and ethical issues of hand-feeding these endangered sharks for tourist purposes, tourists keep coming to Oslob. That is the conclusion of a new scientific study published in the journal Tourism Management. Wildlife Tourism […]

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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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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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