02 May '11, 10pm

Left alive and wild, a single shark worth $1.9 million

Left alive and wild, a single shark worth $1.9 million

Left alive and wild, a single shark worth $1.9 million Jeremy Hance mongabay.com May 02, 2011 Tourism in Palau makes sharks worth more alive than dead finds a new study. Here a diver in Palau swims with five reef sharks. Photo by: Todd Essick. For the Pacific island nation of Palau, sharks are worth much more alive than dead. A new study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has found that one reef shark during its full life is worth $1.9 million to Palau in tourism revenue. Sold for consumption the shark is worth around $108. In this case a shark is worth a stunning 17,000 times more alive than dead. "Sharks can literally be a 'million-dollar' species and a significant economic driver," explained Mark Meekan, principal research scientist at AIMS, in a press release. "Because of their low rates of reproduction and late maturity, shark populations have been d...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0502-hance_shark_palau.html

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