The breathtaking wonder that is the Republic of Maldives really believes in eco-tourism. So much so that they have declared the entirety of its 90,000 square mile Exclusive Economic Zone a shark sanctuary, banning all fishing as well as imports and exports of shark fins.

Tourism forms a big part of the Maldives economy as does fishing which is growing in importance and competing with tourism in terms of preserving the very natural resources people come to see.

In the case of sharks, more than 30 species are found in the waters around the Maldives including Whale Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks and Tiger Sharks.

See more species of Maldive Sharks here

Whale Shark and Diver

Via TreeHugger

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