Monday, July 21, 2014
GREAT WHITES ARE GREAT FOR TOURISM
We’ve come along ways since the movie Jaws frightened everyone out of their skin. Most folks now realize the value of sharks in the eco system and many marinas in the US and Caribbean have policies where sharks caught by recreational boaters cannot be offloaded and cleaned in the marina. Increased sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod are generating lots of new business for local entrepreneurs at a popular vacation destination where the massive predators lurk offshore.
Business owners say clients are anxious to buy shark themed jewellery, clothing, hats and other products in the Cape Cod area. Justin Labdon, owner of the Cape Cod Beach Chair Company says his business has grown more than 500% in the past couple of years due to the public interest in sharks. Officials are still concerned however of the tourism damage that could be done, if a Great White actually attacked a swimmer. Brochures have been distributed to raise public awareness of sharks and safe practices in the event of a shark sighting.