Monitoring Tourist Pressure on Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) Behaviour in South Ari MPA, Maldives

Author(s): Alberto Lei Leston
Masters Thesis, University of Edinburgh
Keywords: Whale Shark, Rhincondon typus, Maldives Archipelago, Tourism, MPA, Code of Conduct, Impact


By video analyzing each whale shark encounter in South Ari and recording tourist and whale shark behaviour underwater, results suggest a low tourist compliance to regulations. The results obtained and the different management measures recommended, have the potential to improve our understanding of whale shark ecology and the management in South Ari MPA.

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