Does quality of scuba diving experience vary according to the context and management regime of marine protected areas?

Does quality of scuba diving experience vary according to the context and management regime of marine protected areas?

Alternative title A experiência de mergulhadores recreativos varia de acordo com o contexto e o regime de gestão de áreas marinhas protegidas?
Author Motta, Fabio dos Santos Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Marconi, Marina Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Giglio, Vinícius José Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Pereira-Filho, Guilherme Henrique Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Sustainability of scuba diving tourism should be assessed not only in environmental terms, but also concerning the quality of the diving experiences. Through the application of semi-structured questionnaires, we assessed differences in the scuba diving experiences from three subtropical Brazilian marine protected areas (MPAs) with different contexts and management regimes. We found that MPAs of more restrictive categories attracted mostly divers motivated by their natural attributes. We also found that satisfaction levels were significantly lower in the no-take MPA, where public use planning is stricter. Although we could not replicate the MPAs’ contexts, our findings highlight the importance of management strategy as well as the influence of MPA age and socioecological context on scuba diving experiences. In this regard, managers and dive operators are encouraged to assess user characteristics and the context in which the MPA finds itself to plan and develop sustainable tourism.
Keywords Satisfaction
Conservation
Sustainable tourism
Ecosystem services
Language English
Sponsor Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica
Grant number FAPESP: 2019/19423–5
SOS Mata Atlântica: 01/2018/05
FAPESP: 2017/22273–0
Date 2020-08-15
ISSN 0964-5691 (Sherpa/Romeo)
Publisher V. N. Jonge
Extent 1-11
Origin https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0964569120301563
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
URI https://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/60074

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