Whale shark tourism at Ningaloo Reef: Successes, challenges and what’s next?
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- Coral Reefs: Tourism, Conservation and Management, 2018, pp. 119 - 134
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© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Bruce Prideaux and Anja Pabel; individual chapters, the contributors. Ningaloo Reef is world-renowned for its pristine wilderness and it received World Heritage status in 2011. Growing popularity and the presence of oil and gas operations pose challenges to the values that attract visitors. The Ningaloo whale shark industry is heralded for its sustainable management; however, whale sharks are a common pool resource (CPR) and face unique challenges. A comparison of the industry against CPR theory suggests that although many of the conditions are met, there are areas that may require further consideration. This is a noteworthy case study to explore contemporary issues of sustainable natural resource management.
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