As far as we can tell, nobody’s ever taken the time to conduct a resource valuation for sharks. We do know shark fishing represents a healthy amount of revenue in plenty of places around the world, for example, with estimates topping $1 billion annually for things like sharks’ fins, meat, and more. But analyzing the value healthy shark populations offer is a totally different ballgame. In other words, how valuable is shark conservation as opposed to the value of killing them?
The non-profit Shark Allies teamed up with Endangered Wildlife OÜ recently to determine just how much a healthy, living and breathing shark is worth. It’s an intriguing thought and a unique way to approach conservation efforts, with the non-profit taking up the opinion that if we aren’t doing enough to save and protect sharks now, maybe assigning a profit margin to that task will incentivize some people.