Extent and economic value of manta ray watching in Maldives.

  title={Extent and economic value of manta ray watching in Maldives.},
  author={R C Anderson and Mohamed Shiham Adam and Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler and Guy M W Stevens},
  journal={Tourism in Marine Environments},
Manta rays, Manta alfredi, are a major attraction for tourist divers and snorkelers in the Republic of Maldives (central Indian Ocean). The aims of this study were to assess the extent and economic value of manta ray watching in the Maldives, by surveys of tourist numbers at manta diving sites, and from interviews with experienced divers. Ninety-one manta dive sites were identified, where tourists made an estimated 143,000 dives and over 14,000 snorkels annually during 2006–2008. This was… Expand

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