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Recreational impacts on the fauna of Australian coastal marine ecosystems

Hardiman, Nigel, Burgin, Shelley (2010) Recreational impacts on the fauna of Australian coastal marine ecosystems. Journal of Environmental Management, 91 (11). pp. 2096-2108. ISSN 0301-4797. (doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.06.012) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper reviews recent research into the ecological impacts of recreation and tourism on coastal marine fauna in Australia. Despite the high and growing importance of water-based recreation to the Australian economy, and the known fragility of many Australian ecosystems, there has been relatively limited research into the effects of marine tourism and recreation, infrastructure and activities, on aquatic resources. In this paper we have reviewed the ecological impacts on fauna that are caused by outdoor recreation (including tourism) in Australian coastal marine ecosystems. We predict that the single most potentially severe impact of recreation may be the introduction and/or dispersal of non-indigenous species of marine organisms by recreational vessels. Such introductions, together with other impacts due to human activities have the potential to increasingly degrade recreation destinations. In response, governments have introduced a wide range of legislative tools (e.g., impact assessment, protected area reservation) to manage the recreational industry. It would appear, however, that these instruments are not always appropriately applied.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.06.012
Uncontrolled keywords: Boating; Nature-based tourism impacts; Non-indigenous introductions; Recreational fishing; Recreational infrastructure impacts; SCUBA; Water pollution; Wildlife disturbance
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: N.J. Hardiman
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2013 15:19 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 09:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33067 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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