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 Shark and Ray Tourism created by Manta Trust, WWF and Project Aware, decided to step in and generate a guide for Panama. They teamed up with the Minister of Environment of Panama, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility and the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP) and hired us to assist them with the content and design of the guide and posters.
It was a great experience for us to work with the MarViva Foundation and we are happy to say we have other projects with them planned in the near future!