White sharks in Western Australia: threat or opportunity?
|dc.identifier.citation||Catlin, J. and Hughes, M. and Jones, T. and Jones, R. 2014. White sharks in Western Australia: threat or opportunity? Journal of Ecotourism. 13 (2-3): pp. 159-169.|
This paper explores the Western Australian Government's decision to disallow white shark tourism operations within the State. This policy was made during a time of an unprecedented number of shark bite fatalities in the region. We argue that the Government's verdict was reactive due to this abnormality and did not take a balanced and considered approach. White sharks are an important key stone species with a high conservation value, but a particularly negative popular image. Therefore, we contend that dismissing the prospect of tourism also dismissed the prospect of creating a more realistic representation of the species. In addition, economic benefits to a regional area and research opportunities on the species were also lost.
|dc.subject||politics and tourism|
|dc.title||White sharks in Western Australia: threat or opportunity?|
|dcterms.source.title||Journal of Ecotourism|
|curtin.department||School of Marketing|
|curtin.accessStatus||Fulltext not available|