We believe that shark conservation initiatives should be achieved in collaboration with local people while showing respect and understanding for their culture and traditions. When new sites that have an ecological value for sharks are discovered they should be protected. It is important that the entire community are invited to participate in this process and offering them a financial incentive can encourage them to do so.
We plan to train and employ as many local people as possible to work with us to establish and maintain our shark diving operation. Providing individuals who participate in destructive activities with an alternative and more sustainable source of income, shows that it is possible to profit from a healthy marine environment.
Many popular existing shark diving destinations have also seen a rise in economic growth due to the increase in visitors associated with the activity. Consumer spending in the hospitality industry also provides many new ways for the area to benefit from shark tourism.
We want to involve local communities in shark conservation and believe the best way to do that is to demonstrate that sharks are more valuable to them alive than dead.
“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand.” – Xun Zi