Does quality of scuba diving experience vary according to the context and management regime of marine protected areas?
Motta, Fabio dos Santos [UNIFESP]
Marconi, Marina [UNIFESP]
Giglio, Vinícius José [UNIFESP]
Pereira-Filho, Guilherme Henrique [UNIFESP]
Is part ofOcean and Coastal Management
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Alternative TitleA experiência de mergulhadores recreativos varia de acordo com o contexto e o regime de gestão de áreas marinhas protegidas?
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.
SponsorshipFundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica
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