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Whale shark economics: a valuation of wildlife tourism in South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Overview of attention for article published in PeerJ, August 2014
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14 news outlets
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3 blogs
twitter
26 tweeters
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8 Facebook pages

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Title
Whale shark economics: a valuation of wildlife tourism in South Ari Atoll, Maldives
Published in
PeerJ, August 2014
DOI 10.7717/peerj.515
Pubmed ID
Authors

Edgar Fernando Cagua, Neal Collins, James Hancock, Richard Rees

Abstract

Whale sharks attract large numbers of tourists, divers and snorkelers each year to South Ari Atoll in the Republic of Maldives. Yet without information regarding the use and economic extent of the attraction, it is difficult to prioritize conservation or implement effective management plans. We used empirical recreational data and generalized mixed statistical models to conduct the first economic valuation (with direct spend as the primary proxy) of whale shark tourism in Maldives. We estimated that direct expenditures for whale shark focused tourism in the South Ari Marine Protected Area for 2012 and 2013 accounted for US$7.6 and $9.4 million respectively. These expenditures are based on an estimate of 72,000-78,000 tourists who are involved in whale shark excursions annually. That substantial amount of income to resort owners and operators, and tourism businesses in a relatively small area highlights the need to implement regulations and management that safeguard the sustainability of the industry through ensuring guest satisfaction and whale shark conservation.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Indonesia 1 1%
Mexico 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
Tanzania, United Republic of 1 1%
Unknown 88 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 22 24%
Researcher 22 24%
Student > Bachelor 15 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 13%
Student > Postgraduate 5 5%
Other 16 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 44 48%
Environmental Science 25 27%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 7 8%
Unspecified 4 4%
Computer Science 3 3%
Other 9 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 141. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 August 2017.
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#69,692
of 9,597,649 outputs
Outputs from PeerJ
#123
of 4,532 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,513
of 186,985 outputs
Outputs of similar age from PeerJ
#9
of 121 outputs
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