Potential synergies between nature-based tourism and sustainable use of marine resources: insights from dive tourism in territorial user rights for fisheries in Chile

Biggs, Duan, Amar, Francisca, Valdebenito, Abel and Gelcich, Stefan (2016) Potential synergies between nature-based tourism and sustainable use of marine resources: insights from dive tourism in territorial user rights for fisheries in Chile. Plos One, 11 3: e0148862. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0148862


Author Biggs, Duan
Amar, Francisca
Valdebenito, Abel
Gelcich, Stefan
Title Potential synergies between nature-based tourism and sustainable use of marine resources: insights from dive tourism in territorial user rights for fisheries in Chile
Journal name Plos One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2016-03-29
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0148862
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page e0148862
Total pages 12
Place of publication San Francisco, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Subject 2700 Medicine
1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Abstract Novel solutions to conserve biodiversity whilst allowing for resource harvesting are urgently needed. In marine systems, Territorial User Rights for Fisheries (TURFs) are promoted to enable sustainable use of resources. We investigate the potential for synergies between nature-based tourism and TURFs on Chile’s central coast. Of 135 recreational divers surveyed, 77% indicated that the fish species they preferred sighting were declining and 80% indicated that they would dive more often in TURFs, which have higher abundance of favoured species. Regression analysis shows that respondents that perceive that TURFs fulfil a conservation function are more willing to pay to dive in a TURF. However, respondents who understand the bureaucratic functioning of a TURF are less willing to pay, and there is diversity in how divers feel payments should be made. A participatory approach is required to navigate these complexities to achieve synergies between nature-based tourism and resource harvesting in TURFs.
Keyword Willingness-to-pay
Biodiversity conservation
Protected areas
Reef tourism
Coral-reefs
Resilience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number e0148862

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