Washington.- South Africa, the United States, and Australia have traditionally dominated the shark ecotourism industry, but more countries across the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean regions are adopting this modality and making good profits out of it.
Recent data revealed by the University of British Columbia show that 29 countries have developed shark tourism, which includes shark watching. This activity attracts 590,000 tourists and creates more than 10,000 jobs each year.
Annually, the growing business generates 314 million worldwide, therefore projections point to a two fold increase by 2033. Therefore sanctuaries are a must to protect the species.
“It’s clear that sharks contribute to a healthy marine environment, which is paramount to the long-term social, cultural, and financial well-being of millions of people around the world. Many countries have a significant financial incentive to conserve sharks and the places where they live,” says Jill Hepp, director of global shark conservation at The Pew Charitable Trusts.