Recreational Fishers' Perceptions about the Costs and Benefits of the 2004 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan

Sutton, Stephen (2008) Recreational Fishers' Perceptions about the Costs and Benefits of the 2004 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan. Report. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, QLD.

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Abstract

In recognition of the need for information about the social impacts of the 2004 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan, the CRC Reef Research Centre (with continuation funding from the MTSRF) funded the Fishing and Fisheries Research Centre at James Cook University to examine recreational fishers’ perceptions of the costs and benefits of the 2004 Zoning Plan. The study was conducted with the support of and in consultation with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the recreational fishing community (through Sunfish Queensland and the Capricorn Reef Monitoring Program [CapReef]). Other elements of the MTSRF-funded project are currently examining the costs and benefits of the Zoning Plan to commercial fishers, charter fishers and tourism operators.

This report details the methodology and descriptive results for the recreational fisher study. Results are organised into five subsections: 1) Demographic and fishing experience characteristics; 2) Attitudes towards the 2004 Zoning Plan; 3) Effects of the 2004 Zoning Plan on recreational fishing activity; 4) Beliefs about the 2004 Zoning Plan and management of the Great Barrier Reef; and 5) Attitudes towards public consultation programs. A further two sections then explore whether perceptions about the costs and benefits of the 2004 Zoning Plan differ between: 1) Fishers with different levels of personal attachment to recreational fishing; and 2) Geographic regions along the coast of the Great Barrier Reef.

Item ID: 27995
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-1-921359-06-4
Keywords: recreational fishing, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, public perceptions, environmental management, fisheries management
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 04:17
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830201 Fisheries Recreational @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 50%
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