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Public perception of marine and coastal protected areas in Tasmania, Australia: Importance, management and hazards


Trenouth, AL and Harte, C and Paterson de Heer, C and Dewan, K and Grage, A and Primo, C and Campbell, ML, Public perception of marine and coastal protected areas in Tasmania, Australia: Importance, management and hazards, Ocean & Coastal Management, 67 pp. 19-29. ISSN 0964-5691 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2012.04.007


Marine and coastal protected areas (MCPAs) are a key conservation strategy implemented globally to reduce impacts in these environments. The involvement of stakeholders in the design and management of MCPAs is considered integral to MCPA success. As such, knowledge of how stakeholders perceive the risks of hazards and their perception of management importance should be an integral management and planning component of MCPAs. This study aimed to explore the relationship between stakeholder perceptions of the importance and management of MCPAs with regards to a selection of natural and anthropogenic environmental hazards.

Data was gathered using a questionnaire that was implemented by face to face interviews that were conducted at two locations: Strahan and St. Helens, Tasmania. Sewerage and ship groundings were perceived as the most important hazards when considering MCPAs in Tasmania. These perceptions were significantly correlated with the management and importance of MCPAs, and with the hazards. The outcomes have the potential to enhance Tasmanian MCPA management and thus improve success of management goals, if it is afforded sufficient weight in management planning and decisions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:conservation strategies, face-to-face interview, management goals, management planning, protected areas, public perception, stakeholder perception, Tasmania, Australia
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in coastal and estuarine environments
UTAS Author:Harte, C (Ms Cher Harte)
UTAS Author:Dewan, K (Mr Kanwaljeet Dewan)
UTAS Author:Primo, C (Dr Carmen Primo Perez)
UTAS Author:Campbell, ML (Associate Professor Marnie Campbell)
ID Code:78684
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2012-07-18
Last Modified:2017-12-06

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