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Cage-diving and Shark Welfare

Wilfred Chivell, Marine Dynamics Tours, Dyer Island Cruises, Dyer Island Conservation Trust, South Africa.


The survival of the great white shark has been put at serious risk by fishing and extensive poaching and still faces many threats today. Cage-diving, where tourists can safely view the sharks from close-up, has proved an effective method of limiting the environmental damage, by creating revenue and jobs. As Wilfred Chivell says, “the sharks are now worth more alive than dead.”


Adapted from ‘Chapter 8: The Tourism Industry and Shark Welfare’. In: Carr N. and Broom, D. M. (eds) Tourism and Animal Welfare. CAB International, pp. 97-101.


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