Amid the mass slaughtering of sharks, there are certain ecotourist locations that may make a difference in the rapidly dwindling population.
The practice of shark finning kills roughly 100 million sharks yearly, according to a 2013 study. In the same study, researchers calculated that between 6.4 and 7.9 percent of each species of shark are killed annually.
The island nation of Palau created the world's first shark sanctuary in 2009, where tourists are able to dive and view sharks swimming and living life in their natural habitat. The sanctuary has proven to be a major success for Palau, and it is possible that the country will entirely outlaw commercial fishing in its ocean territory by 2018.
The reason for the possible legislative action is due in part to the immense economic boost the country has experienced as a result of shark-related tourism. Palau President Tommy Remengesau explains that a single reef shark can contribute up to $2 million to the economy over his lifespan due to the ecotourists he attracts, according to Business Insider. "The ocean is our way of life," says Remengesau. "It sustains and nurtures us, provides us with the basics of our Pacific island cultures, our very identities."