Shark-diving tourism as a financing mechanism for shark conservation strategies in Malaysia
As seen in many other instances, this new publication serves to identify the monetary value of sharks to a local community through tourism. Studies like these were instrumental in many locations, including the Bahamas, being declared as shark sanctuaries. Here’s the information on the recent publication looking at shark diving tourism in Malaysia.
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This study estimated the economic value of the shark-diving industry in Semporna, the most popular diving destination of Malaysia, by surveying the expenditures of diving tourists and dive operators through the region. A willingness-to-pay survey was also used to estimate the potential of the industry as a financing mechanism for enforcement and management of a hypothetical shark sanctuary. The study showed that in 2012, shark-diving tourism provided direct revenues in excess of USD 9.8 million to the Semporna district. These economic benefits had a flow-on effect, generating more than USD 2 million in direct taxes to the government and USD 1.4 million in salaries to the community. A contingent valuation analysis indicated that implementation of a fee paid by divers could generate over USD 2 million for management and enforcement of a shark sanctuary each year. These findings suggest that shark diving is an important contributor to the economy of the Semporna region that could be used as a mechanism to assist financial resourcing for management and conservation strategies.
Shark Diving Tourism
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