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Whale sharks bring in $10 million a year to the Maldives

One of the classic dive locations in the world is producing more income for the Maldives than previously thought. The whale shark population at South Ari atoll Marine Protected Area attracts an incredible 77,000 visitors each year and they spend US$9.4 million a year. The whale shark population at  South Ari is one of the few whale […]

Manta Ray tourism worth $140 million a year

Swimming with manta rays is one of the highlights for any scuba diver and can be a valuable source of money and jobs for local people. The latest estimate for the value of manta ray tourism has been put at USD140 million a year. Just 10 countries account for 93% of the value and manta […]

Keep feeding the sharks

Keep feeding the sharks

Divers will travel the world to get to good locations to dive with sharks. It can be big money too. Some dive operators will feed an area to attract sharks for their clients but it’s a controversial practice. In some regions such as Florida the baiting for sharks have been banned while in other regions it’s accepted by local […]

Nine new species for the reefs of Bali

Nine new species for the reefs of Bali

During an assessment of coral reefs around Bali researchers from Conservation International and partner organisations believe they may discovered nine new species. The new finds are made up of eight new species of fish and one new species of coral. The reef surveys were done in readiness for the designation of 25 new Marine Protection […]

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