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Biosecurity messages are lost in translation to citizens: Implications for devolving management to citizens

Campbell, Marnie, Bryant, DEP and Hewitt, CL 2017, Biosecurity messages are lost in translation to citizens: Implications for devolving management to citizens, PLoS ONE, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175439.

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Title Biosecurity messages are lost in translation to citizens: Implications for devolving management to citizens
Author(s) Campbell, Marnie
Bryant, DEP
Hewitt, CL
Journal name PLoS ONE
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher PLOS
Place of publication San Francisco, CA
Publication date 2017-04-12
ISSN 1932-6203
Keyword(s) Marine biology
Research errors
Boats
Citizen science
Surveys
Marine fish
Conservation science
Pest control
Summary The increasing focus of marine biosecurity agencies on transferring management responsibilities to citizens and industry begs the question whether devolved responsibility is a viable option for creating biosecurity outcomes. We examined recreational marine users' selfdeclared awareness of non-indigenous marine species (NIMS) at six locations in Tasmania, Australia and evaluated the accuracy of their awareness through recognition of four wellknown NIMS with active awareness campaigns. We also investigated whether the activities of recreational marine users influence the accuracy of their NIMS recognition skills. We generally found that respondents declare NIMS awareness (70.45%), yet we found their recognition accuracy was variable ranging from low to fair (<10% to 54.95%) and recreational activity did not influence accuracy. Based on our results, we conclude that marine users' awareness does not predict accuracy and therefore devolved management of biosecurity without additional resources may pose a risky biosecurity management strategy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0175439
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, Campbell et al.
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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