Finding the Balance Between Tourism and Conservation: The Pathway to Safe and Sustainable Whale Shark Tourism in South Ari atoll

Author(s): Elisabeth Maria Mulder
Masters Thesis, University of Edinburgh
Keywords: Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus, Maldives, Sustainability, Tourism


Globally, the marine wildlife tourism industry has been growing exponentially over the past years, raising concerns regarding its sustainability. This research has found that a larger effort for cross-stakeholder communication, collaboration and education does have the potential to make whale shark tours a more enjoyable experience for both tourists and whale sharks.

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