Economically, live sharks > dead sharks

1 live reef shark in Palau = 179,000 USD in the ecotourism industry.  Or killed and sold once for 108 USD.  Just economically, not even considering the ecosystem services involved, sharks are worth much more alive.  This has been in the news for a bit but worth pointing out especially in the wake of Shark Week.

Video: Pew Environment Group. Press release here.

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One thought on “Economically, live sharks > dead sharks

  1. The shark protected areas don’t begin to cover the millions of sharks that are slaughtered each year for their fins though. And unfortunately just because they are worth more alive than dead in Palau doesn’t mean that the demand for their fins will shrink in Asia.

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