RESPONSIBLE SHARK AND RAY TOURISM

A GUIDE TO BEST PRACTICE

Shark and Ray Tourism

WWF, Project AWARE and The Manta Trust have joined together to bring the world’s first Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice. Shark and ray tourism is on the rise globally. If current trends continue, the numbers of shark related tourism could more than double over the next twenty years. The Guide, developed in collaboration with science and industry, aims to create well managed shark and ray tourism operations, conserve species and benefit local communities.

One in four shark and ray species is facing an increased threat of extinction due primarily to overfishing. Well managed, responsible shark and ray related ecotourism can be a powerful, complementary conservation strategy. It can also serve as an important supplementary source of income benefiting operators and the local communities alike.

The Guide, Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism – A Guide to Best Practice, provides a suite of free, practical, downloadable tools that can be used by operators, NGOs, local communities and resource managers.

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Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism – A Guide to Best Practice

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EXAMPLE INTERACTION GUIDELINES



Shark Tourism Factsheets

Examples of existing shark and ray tourism sites, illustrating some challenges, successes and lessons learned by operators can be found below. These case studies provide examples of innovative financing, the use of Marine Protected Areas and working with local communities that some operators have employed.

Shark Reef Fiji Shark Tourism Factsheet

Malapascua Philippines Thresher Shark Tourism Factsheet

Hanifaru Bay Manta Tourism Factsheet

DOWNLOADABLE TOOLS

TOOL 1: How Do You Perform

TOOL 2: Building Social License

TOOL 3: How Well Do You Know Your Market And Legal Requirements

TOOL 4: Guidance For Management Authorities

TOOL 5: Selecting A Site

TOOL 6: Example Codes Of Conduct

TOOL 7: Responsible Provisioning



Example Diving Icons

Example Diving Icons (Dark Background)

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Other tools from WWF and partners

A Practical Guide to the Effective Design and
Management of MPAs for Sharks and Rays

Rapid Assessment Toolkit 
For Sharks and Rays

Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism – A Guide to Best Practice is one of three tools published by WWF and partners since 2017. Together with A Practical Guide to the Effective Design and Management of MPAs for Sharks and Rays and the Rapid Assessment Toolkit for Sharks and Rays, the guides are designed to compliment one another in providing scientifically proven approaches to data collection and the effective management of these vulnerable creatures.

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