Phone Briefing: Shark-Dive Tourism Worth Millions in Fiji

Conservation Measures Poised to Be Economic Driver

On Thursday, April 19, the Pew Environment Group, Australian Institute of Marine Science, the University of Western Australia and the Coral Reef Alliance will host a media phone briefing about a new report that points to shark-dive tourism as a multi-million dollar industry and major economic driver in Fiji. The report also highlights how the significant financial benefits from shark-diving directly support Fijian communities and provide a global model for sustainable use of reef ecosystems.

Speakers will explore notable conclusions from the report. A question-and-answer session will follow remarks.
 
WHAT:
Telepress briefing on a new report about the significant value of Fiji's shark-dive tourism.
 
WHEN:
Thursday, April 19, at 11:00 a.m. FJT
(Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 23:00:00 GMT/ 7:00 p.m. EST)

WHO:
Jill Hepp, manager of Global Shark Conservation, Pew Environment Group
Dr. Mark Meekan, report co-author, Australian Institute of Marine Science
“Shark Man” Manoa Rasigatali, Fiji Shark Sanctuary Campaign
 
CALL LOGISTICS:
U.S. toll-free number: 1-800-351-6801
Passcode: sharks

EU number: 08000288223
Passcode: sharks

Fiji toll-free number: Please email rbrittin@pewtrusts.org for toll-free option.

Australia toll-free number: 1800124231
Passcode: sharks

New Zealand toll-free number: 0800441106
Passcode: sharks
 
This briefing is for credentialed media only.  An audio file of this call will be posted to www.PewEnvironment.org after the briefing. High resolution images and b-roll video will be available online and by request.

Media Contact: Rachel Brittin

Topics: Oceans, Environment

Project: Global Shark Conservation