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dc.contributor.authorCatlin, James
dc.contributor.authorHughes, M.
dc.contributor.authorJones, Tod
dc.contributor.authorJones, Roy
dc.identifier.citationCatlin, 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.subjectwildlife tourism
dc.subjectpolitics and tourism
dc.subjectnature-based tourism
dc.titleWhite sharks in Western Australia: threat or opportunity?
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Ecotourism
curtin.departmentSchool of Marketing
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