Commercial fishing is forbidden in the stated designated Bahamas ocean area ever since the 243, 244 square miles was converted into a haven for the sharks.
Sharks and some other marine species are being over-fished and disappearing at an alarming rate from the world’s reef. But, “It’s Better in the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary” says marine researchers.
Global FinPrint praises the conservation policies in-effect, as they serve to safeguard the species, saying “….we found sharks & rays on nearly all surveys in the Bahamas including Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, southern stingrays, and most surprisingly, endangered great hammerheads were seen on four surveys in the Exumas.”
The Bahamas Shark Sanctuary is in its fifth, successful, year (2016).
Known as the diving capital of the world, The Bahamas has garnered much commendations for its management of its ocean waters and marine species. For instance, the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary has been a huge success, which has significantly boasted the region’s shark and stingray population.
The Bahamas comprises 700 islands and is sited just 50 miles off the coast of Florida.
Tamica Rahming of Bahamas National Trust said one study shows that over seventy-eight million dollars per year has been injected into the local economy as a result of individuals wanting to snorkel and dive in to the waters with sharks. Some dive operators market their service as “diving with the sharks”.
Shark Population Enrich Ocean Life and Ecosystem, Economy in the Bahamas.
The sharks being on top of the food chain help to balance the ocean ecosystem and maintain its species diversity.
It is in the best interest of all involved to preserve and protect the species.