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Scuba Diving and Marine Conservation: Collaboration at two Australian Subtropical Destinations

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Abstract:

Divers are increasingly becoming involved in marine conservation, often doing so as part of their recreational activities. Two New South Wales (NSW) volunteer underwater conservation groups [Solitary Islands Underwater research Group Inc. (SURG) and Byron Underwater research Groups (BURG)] were studied to characterize members' motivations to assist with conservation in subtropical/temperate marine environments. The collaboration between private and government organizations at two dive destinations was explored to reveal implications towards marine conservation outcomes. Primary motivations to engage in marine conservation programs were a desire to contribute to environmental conservation and to increase personal knowledge and diving skill-base. The volunteer work of these two underwater research groups builds on existing monitoring programs within local marine protected areas with benefits possible through collaboration at each diving destination.

Keywords: CONSERVATION; MARINE TOURISM; NSW VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS; SCUBA DIVING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/154427312X13262430524180

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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  • Tourism in Marine Environments is an interdisciplinary journal dealing with a variety of management issues in marine settings. It is a scientific journal that draws upon the expertise of academics and practitioners from various disciplines related to the marine environment, including tourism, marine science, geography, social sciences, psychology, environmental studies, economics, marketing, and many more.
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