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Sharks worth far more alive than dead, researchers say

MILLION-DOLLAR BABIES:The sharks that inhabit prime diving spots are worth US$179,000 a year to the tourism industry or US$1.9 million each over their lives

NY Times News Service, PARIS

“Fishermen see sharks as a commodity,” Keegan said. “We see them as an important part of the ecosystem. That’s a very hard argument to make to them. But make an economic argument, that it’s worth more letting people look at it than it is taking it, that’s something they can understand.”

The idea is catching on. The Maldives has declared itself a shark sanctuary, and tourism operators and conservationists in Fiji, the Bahamas and other dive destinations are now calling for shark protections.

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