Socio-economic value and community benefits from shark-diving tourism in Palau: A sustainable use of reef shark populations

Socio-economic value and community benefits from shark-diving tourism in Palau: A sustainable use of reef shark populations

Primary Country: Palau
Ecosystem: species
Sample Value Estimates:
  1. US$17.4 million: total business revenue generated by shark diving (BRS) for the Palauan economy
  2. US$1.5 million : Taxes paid by shark divers in Palau generated an income of
  3. US$1 200: estimated that the provision of fish to restaurants for consumption by shark divers gave an additional annual income of
  4. US$196: If these fishers were engaged in shark-fishing activities, the maximum revenues that they could obtain for the once-off capture and sale of the sharks interacting with the tourism industry would be around, or only 16% of the annual income each one would have earned by keeping these sharks alive.
  5. $18 million/ year: shark diving generates per year
  6. $1.2 million: disbursement of salaries to local economy
  7. $10 800: If the population of approximately 100 sharks that interact with tourists at popular dive sites was harvested by fishers, their economic value would be at most
Methodology: Expenditure Analysis; Productivity Method
Data source: NOEP

Publication information

Vianna, G. M. S. Meekan, M. G.Pannell, D. J.Marsh, S. P.Meeuwig, J. J. “Socio-economic value and community benefits from shark-diving tourism in Palau: A sustainable use of reef shark populations” Biological Conservation, 2012

Addtional Notes

Approximately 8600 shark divers visit Palau each year.

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