Understanding recreational fishers' compliance with no-take zones in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Arias, Adrian, and Sutton, Stephen G. (2013) Understanding recreational fishers' compliance with no-take zones in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Ecology and Society, 18 (4). 18. pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

Understanding fishers' compliance is essential for the successful management of marine protected areas. We used the random response technique (RRT) to assess recreational fishers' compliance with no-take zones in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP). The RRT allowed the asking of a sensitive question, i.e., "Did you, knowingly, fish within in a Green Zone during the last 12 months?" while protecting respondents' confidentiality. Application of the RRT through a survey of recreational fishers indicated that the majority of recreational fishers, 90%, comply with no-take zones. Likewise, most fishers, 92%, reported not personally knowing anyone who had intentionally fished in a no-take zone, indicating that fishers' perceive high levels of compliance among their peers. Fishers were motivated to comply with no-take zones primarily by their beliefs about penalties for noncompliance, followed by beliefs about the fishery benefits of no-take zones. Results suggest that compliance-related communication efforts by the managing authority have partially succeeded in maintaining appropriate compliance levels and that future efforts should accentuate normative compliance drivers that will encourage voluntary compliance. We conclude that compliance monitoring should be integrated into the adaptive management of the GBRMP and other protected areas; in this case social surveys using the RRT are effective tools.

Item ID: 30057
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1708-3087
Keywords: compliance; false consensus effect; Great Barrier Reef; illegal fishing; marine protected area; marine reserve; no take zones; poaching; random response technique (RRT); recreational fishing
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Article made open access with permission of Adrian Arias and Stephen G. Sutton.

Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), AusAID
Projects and Grants: MTSRF Project 4.8.5
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2013 03:57
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830201 Fisheries Recreational @ 100%
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