The proposal is simple. The details enormous.
What would it take for the Bahamian Government to enact laws that not only protected all species of sharks in their water, but simultaneously created a series of Shark Parks or protected areas where sharks would be guaranteed safe sanctuary?
The idea is not so new and with global shark populations shrinking at rates never before seen- unique sites like Tiger Beach become prime sites for big ideas like these.
Recently, this blog covered several sites worldwide that are loosing their sharks to short term fishing pressure and turning, perhaps too late, to tourism to save these animals.
Tiger Beach, Bahamas is one site that has everything going for it, a stable government, a thriving eco tourism client base, researchers who have expressed interest in studying these animals, and the good will of many members of the dive community.
The question remains, what would it take? Who would step up and make it happen?
One thing is for sure, looking into the Crystal Ball 15 years from now, we will look back at this blog post and say one of two things.
Hopefully it will be-"Let's go see some of the only remaining Tigers at the Shark Park this week".