Due to the food crisis in Venezuela, inhabitants of Isla Margarita and Sucre began to fish and consume the threatened whale shark, in addition to selling their fins for the Asian market. Although the consumption of whale sharks has never previously been a culinary custom in Venezuela, people in crisis are trying to make the most of any resource. However, a tenacious program has allowed researchers to demonstrate to fishermen that tourism with whale sharks is more economically convenient than the sale of their fins and the consumption of their meat.
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