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Responsible shark and ray tourism in Panama!

Shark and ray tourism can be a powerful and effective tool for marine conservation, but only if it is done in a responsible way. For us that means: safe, respectful and educational.   In Panama, the shark and ray tourism industry is slowly growing. Places like Coiba National Park and Bocas del Toro are full of elasmobrachs and sooner or later will have more operators offering encounters with these species.   The MarViva Foundation, inspired by the new guide of...

Why won’t Shark Business work in Venezuela?

Venezuela, one of seventeen mega-diverse nations in the world, has all the required components needed to start our project: a great diversity of sharks, local fishermen, an advantageous geographical location for tourism and stunning natural attractions.   Having the largest oil reserve on the planet should lead to economic success and a decent quality of life for most of its citizens, but the reality is shockingly different. Its 30 million residents are...

Why Shark “Business”?

I love sharks and they are my business, but there is another important reason why me and my partner chose to name our project "Shark Business": Our belief is that society and business can thrive by investing in nature. Making conservation profitable is perhaps the most realistic way of solving many environmental problems.   Planning how best to mitigate threats and foster the recovery of biodiversity requires an understanding of the human social, political, and economic...

Looking for sharks in the largest island of Central America

After wrapping up my scholarship year in New York in April I returned to Panama to explore Coiba National Park, a marine reserve on the Pacific coast. I had heard during my previous visit to Panama that the diving there was amazing and there was a good chance of finding sharks in the waters surrounding the park.   Rumours of Hammerheads, Bull sharks and even Tigers had inspired me to explore further and the...