Rapid recreation assessment: a tool to assess visitor use and associated impacts at coastal and marine protected areas

Denny, Christine and Fish, Thomas E. (2006) Rapid recreation assessment: a tool to assess visitor use and associated impacts at coastal and marine protected areas. Charleston, SC, NOAA/National Ocean Service/Coastal Services Center, (NOAA/CSC/20618-PUB)

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Abstract

As more people discover coastal and marine protected areas as destinations for leisure-time pursuits, the task of managing coastal resources while providing opportunities for high quality visitor experiences becomes more challenging. Many human impacts occur at these sites; some are caused by recreation and leisure activities on-site, and others by activities such as agriculture, aquaculture, or residential and economic development in surrounding areas. Coastal management professionals are continually looking for effective ways to prevent or mitigate negative impacts of visitor use. (PDF contains 8 pages) Most coastal and marine protected area managers are challenged with balancing two competing goals—protection of natural and cultural resources and provision of opportunities for public use. In most cases, some level of compromise between the goals is necessary, where one goal constrains or “outweighs” the other. Often there is a lack of clear agreement about the priority of these competing goals. Consequently, while natural resource decisions should ultimately be science-based and objective, such decisions are frequently made under uncertainty, relying heavily upon professional judgment. These decisions are subject to a complex array of formal and informal drivers and constraints—data availability, timing, legal mandate, political will, diverse public opinion, and physical, human, and social capital. This paper highlights assessment, monitoring, and planning approaches useful to gauge existing resource and social conditions, determine feasibility of management actions, and record decision process steps to enhance defensibility. Examples are presented from pilot efforts conducted at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in South Florida.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Rapid recreation assessment: a tool to assess visitor use and associated impacts at coastal and marine protected areas
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Denny, Christine
Fish, Thomas E.
Series Name: NOAA/CSC/20618-PUB
Date: 2006
Publisher: NOAA/National Ocean Service/Coastal Services Center
Place of Publication: Charleston, SC
Issuing Agency: United States National Ocean Service
Subjects: Ecology
Management
Environment
Item ID: 2221
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2009 18:56
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:26
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2221

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