Growth in shark and ray tourism
Shark and ray tourism operations have expanded rapidly in recent decades and in 2011 there were at least 375 well-established operations in 29 countries. Conserving sharks and rays for ecotourism offers a powerful and more sustainable alternative to fishing and can provide income to operators and local communities as well as an economic incentive to create and manage marine protected areas.
A guide to best practice
On behalf of WWF International, Project AWARE and The Manta Trust, TierraMar led the development of a guide to best practice shark and ray tourism and a toolkit for tourism operators, local communities and marine conservation groups. The Best Practice Guide and toolkit are designed to help these stakeholders to develop their own specific guidelines by learning from global best-practice.
You can access the Best Practice Guide and Toolkit in English, Spanish and Indonesian, and learn more about WWF’s global shark conservation program, Project AWARE and The Manta Trust from this web-site: https://www.projectaware.org/publication/responsible-shark-and-ray-tourism-guide-best-practice