Shark Curiosity by William Michaels
This video provides an example of the growing shark-diving ecotourism industry off the Grand Bahamas, and benefits of shark conservation in this region. Pew estimated the shark related ecotourism contributed more than US$800 million to the Bahamian economy which has motivated their shark conservation efforts. Shark ecotourism also has increasing economic value for many countries around the world. Therefore, conservation and management measure should take into consideration both the ecological and economy value of a live shark in comparison to the value of a harvested shark. Scientific information on shark populations is generally data-limited, yet there is clearly a dramatic global decline of shark populations due to the harvesting of their fins. This video is can found at:
William Michaels is a member of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists.