Shark tourism

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Shark Species in Shark Tourism:
– Great white sharks for surface viewing in cages
– Tiger, bull, oceanic whitetip sharks in the pelagic zone
– Sand tiger sharks on specific reefs and wrecks
– Basking and whale sharks, non-aggressive plankton feeders
– Oceanic Black Tip Sharks known for sleek build and potential aggression

Locations and Practices in Shark Tourism:
– Great white shark tourism in Neptune Islands, South Africa, Isla Guadalupe, and New Zealand
– Pelagic shark diving in the Bahamas and Pacific Region
– Whale shark tourism in South Ari Atoll, Maldives, and Oslob, Philippines
– Diving modes include freediving and cage diving
– Use of shark cages for protection in dangerous waters

Conservation Benefits of Shark Tourism:
– Boosts economies globally, benefiting areas like the Bahamas, Moorea, Maldives, and Australia
– Companies profit while supporting reef conservation efforts
– Prohibition of shark feeding in certain regions like the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
– A reef shark in French Polynesia is worth US$100,000 annually
Conservation efforts include mandatory reporting and identification in some areas

Ecotourism Development and Socio-economic Impact of Whale Shark Tourism:
– Benefits local economies and provides alternative livelihoods
– Raises awareness about marine conservation and enhances social well-being
– Supports marine conservation efforts through ecotourism revenue
– Collaboration between stakeholders is essential for successful whale shark ecotourism development
– Balancing economic benefits with environmental protection is vital for sustainability

Research, Conservation Efforts, and Legal Frameworks in Whale Shark Tourism:
– Scientific research is critical for understanding whale shark behavior and ecology
Conservation initiatives aim to protect whale shark habitats
– Regulations govern interactions between tourists and whale sharks
– Enforcement of laws is necessary to prevent negative impacts on whale sharks
– Addressing sustainable tourism practices and climate change challenges in whale shark ecotourism

Shark tourism (Wikipedia)

Shark tourism is a form of eco-tourism that allows people to dive with sharks in their natural environment. This benefits local shark populations by educating tourists and through funds raised by the shark tourism industry. Communities that previously relied on shark finning to make their livelihoods are able to make a larger profit from diving tours while protecting the local environment. People can get close to the sharks by free- or scuba diving or by entering the water in a protective cage for more aggressive species. Many of these dives are done by private companies and are often baited to ensure shark sightings, a practice which is highly controversial and under review in many areas.[citation needed]

Shark cage diving
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