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Recreational use of a marine protected area: Point Lonsdale, Victoria

Porter, Christine and Wescott, Geoffrey 2004, Recreational use of a marine protected area: Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australasian journal of environmental management, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 201-211.

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Title Recreational use of a marine protected area: Point Lonsdale, Victoria
Author(s) Porter, Christine
Wescott, GeoffreyORCID iD for Wescott, Geoffrey orcid.org/0000-0002-9392-3319
Journal name Australasian journal of environmental management
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 201
End page 211
Publisher Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2004-09
ISSN 1448-6563
2159-5356
Summary This This article reports findings from observational and questionnaire surveys of visitors to a Marine Protected Area (MPA) at Point Lonsdale, Victoria. The MPA was established primarily to protect the biodiversity of intertidal rock platforms, with only limited restrictions being placed on fishing. Visitor surveys were undertaken to identify and quantify recreational uses, assess level of compliance with regulations, identify the uses most likely to have damaging impacts on biota, and to assess awareness of, and support for, this MPA and for MPAs in general. A questionnaire survey of visitors supported observational survey findings concerning recreational use patterns and provided information on awareness about and attitudes towards conservation measures for this location and for Victoria's marine environment. The finding that about half the visitors were not aware that
they were visiting a marine protected area has implications for future management of this area and MPAs in general. Most visitors indicated support for the concept of marine conservation areas and marine protected areas.
Language eng
Field of Research 050209 Natural Resource Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
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