Economic management of recreational scuba diving and the environment

Davis, Derrin and Tisdell, Clem (1996) Economic management of recreational scuba diving and the environment. Journal of Environmental Management, 48 3: 229-248. doi:10.1006/jema.1996.0075

Author Davis, Derrin
Tisdell, Clem
Title Economic management of recreational scuba diving and the environment
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4797
Publication date 1996-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1006/jema.1996.0075
Volume 48
Issue 3
Start page 229
End page 248
Total pages 20
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Abstract Increasing use of marine protected areas for pursuits such as recreational scuba diving may lead to biological damage and reduced amenity values in popular locations. The relationships between biological and amenity values are discussed and the work of Dixonet al. (1993, Meeting ecological and economic goals: marine parks in the Caribbean.Ambio22, 117–125) on allocating divers between sites is extended. It is concluded that the carrying capacity concept and the critical thresholds approach are constrained by a number of limitations on their effectiveness as resource management tools. The optimal allocation of users between recreational dive sites is, subsequently, examined and the potential application of economic instruments to achieve such an allocation is assessed. It is concluded that a judicious blend of regulation and the use of economic instruments will be required to overcome open access and boundary problems, and will provide for better overall management of popular marine recreational sites than is presently the case. Education will also have a significant role to play by increasing environmental awareness and reducing the damaging impacts caused by users of those popular sites.
Keyword Scuba
Marine protected area
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Economics Publications
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