User Views of Artificial Reef Management in the Southeastern U.S.
Abstract:Artificial reefs are typically financed by and built for the public, but artificial reef managers often lack knowledge of how their programs are perceived by the public. To measure the public's assessment of artificial reef programs, a survey of 721 individuals representing four interest groups (sportfishermen, sportdivers, commercial fishermen and environmentalists) in three states (North Carolina, Florida and Texas) in the Southeast region was conducted in 1989. The objectives of the survey were to 1) identify knowledge and attitudes about artificial reefs by constituency groups in the Southeast region of the U.S., 2) determine the relative importance of artificial reef conflicts and assess strategies to minimize these and 3) develop recommendations and inform artificial reef managers about acceptable management strategies. Implications for management are presented including the need to have sportdivers share in reef building expenditures, the support for imposition of an artificial reef stamp, recommendations for improvement of informalional programs, the acknowledgement of a lack of widespread support for FADs by the user community and the overwhelming acceptance of various management restrictions to preserve the resource and reduce conflict.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 1994
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