Developing sustainability objectives and indicators for swim-with-minke whales tourism in the Great Barrier Reef

Curnock, Matthew, Birtles, Alastair, and Valentine, Peter (2008) Developing sustainability objectives and indicators for swim-with-minke whales tourism in the Great Barrier Reef. In: CAUTHE 2008 Conference. pp. 1-5. From: CAUTHE 2008 Conference: Tourism and Hospitality Research , Training and Practice, 11-14 Feb,2008, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Swimming with dwarf minke whales in the northern Great Barrier Reef (GBR) represents an outstanding wildlife tourism interaction experience, however the sustainability of such tourism is uncertain. Effective evaluation of sustainability requires the long-term monitoring of key indicators, matched to clearly defined objectives, which are agreed by all stakeholders within a collaborative management framework. This PhD study evaluates the processes involved in the development of Sustainability Objectives and Indicators for this specialised marine tourism industry. A draft list of 'Proposed Sustainability Objectives' was developed from relevant literature and with input from scientists studying the whales and their interactions with dive tourists in the GBR. Key stakeholders were then interviewed to refine the Objectives and explore issues relating to their implementation. The resulting list of Objectives is to be further refined at stakeholder workshops before formal adoption. Outcomes and lessons from this ongoing development process are discussed.

Item ID: 24905
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
ISBN: 978-1-921291-33-3
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Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2013 02:44
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 33%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 34%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management @ 33%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960609 Sustainability Indicators @ 34%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 33%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 33%
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