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How whale sharks saved a Philippine fishing town and its sea life

10.12.2018
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Diving tours run by former fishermen have lifted the villagers out of poverty and given new protection to overfished marine lifeFishermen-turned-entrepreneurs who have been financing the protection of endangered whale sharks in the Philippines have hit on a successful scheme to help lift their coastal community out of poverty, new research has found.A group of 58 fishermen from the town of Oslob who were struggling to feed their families turned to the world's largest fish species to set up a community based dive company in 2011. It has since become an international hotspot for tourists to swim with the sharks, attracting more than 750,00 visitors in the first five years and amounting to $18.4m (?14.7m) in ticket sales over the same period. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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