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

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posted on 01.09.2004, 00:00 authored by Christine Porter, Geoffrey WescottGeoffrey Wescott
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.

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Journal

Australasian journal of environmental management

Volume

11

Issue

3

Pagination

201 - 211

Publisher

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

1448-6563

eISSN

2159-5356

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

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