Recreational boating in estuaries: behavioural patterns and zoning management from Poole and Chichester Harbours

Southgate, Thomas (2006) Recreational boating in estuaries: behavioural patterns and zoning management from Poole and Chichester Harbours. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The study looks at recreational boating patterns within estuaries in southern England. It assesses the suitability of zoning as an effective management tool to manage recreational activities within Poole Harbour and whether such a technique is applicable to other harbours. Comparisons are drawn from Chichester Harbour where zoning is not in operation. Reasons for location within harbours are determined as are the levels of awareness and compliance to the management schemes in place within both harbours. Levels of conflict are assessed, with the predominant causers of conflict between recreational activities identified. Four data sets are included within this study and consist of both primary and secondary data. A variety of sampling techniques are used, and include a recreational activities survey, a questionnaire survey of recreational users and structured interviews of the Poole and Chichester Harbour Masters. The study concludes that the reasons for location and their importance vary between users of Poole and Chichester Harbour. Those partaking in recreation within Poole Harbour are found to be more aware of the management scheme in place compared to those surveyed using Chichester Harbour. The study finds that the respective management schemes are not always adhered to with certain activities, such as Personal Water Craft, being more non-compliant then others. Conflicts are also found to be occurring within both harbours, with higher levels appearing to take place within Chichester Harbour. The levels of conflict within harbours are found mainly to be resultant of the type of activities taking place, the geography of the harbour and the management schemes in place. It is suggested that both harbour authorities need to increase their education of users in order to reduce the problems identified. It is concluded that zoning would not be applicable within Chichester Harbour.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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