A critical analysis of divers aspirations, inspiration and valuing of the marine environment

Mills, Ian (2009) A critical analysis of divers aspirations, inspiration and valuing of the marine environment. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study investiges levels of public awareness and valuing of the marine environment in the UK. The significance role of these in the successful implementation of marine protected areas is reviewed. Scuber divers, , as a specific user group of the marine environment and because of their unique nature of their interaction with it, have been the focus of the investigation. The use of the contingent valuation method (CVM) to establish willingness to pay (WTP) values is employed. The study was implemented through the administration of a self-completion survey of 117 people at a national dive centre situated in Gloucestershire. The questionnaire also sought to examine an ‘intrinsic’ WTP of scuba divers expressed by the levels of commitment they have given to their sport in terms of both time and money. The results are displayed with the use of descriptive graphs and tables and where appropriate, statistical analysis (binary logistic regression) has been undertaken with the use of PASW 18. Two main conclusions were drawn. Firstly, levels of awareness of MPA’s in the UK are low. Secondly, whilst there is a discernable non-use value that individuals attach to the marine environment, it was not of the order expected, especially in light of divers association with it. Explanations of the findings, and potential implications for the future sustainable management of marine resources are presented.

    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: 24 Jul 2015 11:18
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/862

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