A scuba diver admires a tiger shark in the Bahamas
As shark tourism is on the rise worldwide, three conservation organizations have collaborated on a brilliant new guide for the industry. The WWF, Manta Trust, and Project Aware recently released “Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice.”
The 87-page PDF focuses on minimizing impacts on marine life and underwater environments, promoting the right culture around shark diving through education, and helping local communities benefit from shark and ray tourism. As these species continue to face immense pressures from overfishing, shark ecotourism can provide an alternative to fishermen. The guide provides invaluable tools for NGOs, operators, and community educators.
With more and more divers seeking encounters with sharks, tourism could potentially double in the next two decades. As demand grows, it is important industry standards are set in place now. Check out the downloadable guide here.
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