The trouble with tourists...
Sure, ecotourism can be helpful, and brings much-needed dollars into conservation causes. But tourism and recreation has consequences too, as three news stories recently made clear. Resident orca populations in Puget Sound are starving as they try to flee the tourist boats, says an article in the Seattle Times. The size of trophy sport fish caught in the Florida Keys has tragically declined, as shown by a series of photographs in Science Daily. The Galapagos Islands are threatened by invasive species and a growing number of tourists disturbing the pristine wildlife, reports the UK Telegraph.
In the Galapagos Islands, since 1991, tourist numbers rose from 41,000 to 160,000 annually, and local population counts grew 4% annually to over 40,000. Photo from Squidoo