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Perceptions and views of a community towards No-Take Zone Marine Protected Areas on the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia

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Bantich, Mark(Mark Nicholas) (2001) Perceptions and views of a community towards No-Take Zone Marine Protected Areas on the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

No-Take Zone Marine Protected Areas (NTZMPAs) have been recognised as an
integral part of sustainable management of coastal and marine environments in many
parts of the world. Since the declaration of the first NTZMPA few studies have
focused on the views of the local communities affected by the establishment of a
NTZMPA. In Tasmania studies have largely focused on the preservation of marine
biodiversity.
The aim of the research was to assess the level of support of residents and shack
owners in the Eaglehawk Neck and Fortescue Bay regions of the Tasman Peninsula
(Tasmania, Australia) towards the potential establishment of a no-take zone marine
protected area. The research also assessed which selection criteria for NTZMPAs
were considered important by residents and shack owners in the region and
determined the extent of community empowerment in the decision making process to
establish an NTZMPA.
The Eaglehawk Neck and Fortescue Bay regions has historically been noted as being
integrally linked to exploitation of the adjacent marine resources, both commercially
and recreationally. Extensive community surveys were conducted with residents and
shack owners in the research area.
The results show the majority of residents and shack owners would support a
NTZMPA in the region if community concerns, such as resource access, were
addressed before establishment. Community support for a NTZMPA a result of a
perceived decline in the quality of the marine and coastal environment in the region.
Community involvement was considered essential for any NTZMPA proposals in the
study area. Results also indicate a need by government environment and fisheries
management bodies to increase community awareness and understanding of marine
management issues in order to support the need for NTZMPAs.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: No-Take Zone Marine Protected Areas (Australia), Coastal zone management, Marine resources conservation
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 2001. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:50
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