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Author Shapiro, Kate Rachel
Title Whale watch passengers' preferences for tour attributes and marine management in Maui, Hawaii
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Descript 119 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 45-04, page: 1883
Thesis (M.R.M.)--Simon Fraser University (Canada), 2006
This research project examines whale watch passengers' preferences for tour attributes and marine management strategies in the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Surveys were distributed to passengers on whale watching vessels during the winter season of 2005, in Maui Hawaii. The survey utilized both Likert and discrete choice question formats. Follow up key informant interviews were conducted with two operators and the state advisor to the marine sanctuary
The sample population of whale watch passengers in Maui was fairly homogenous, exhibiting an overall environmental sentiment. Differences were examined between Hawaiian residents and visitors, as well as between passengers on an ecotour and a regular whale watch. Passengers on the ecotour expressed slightly higher rates of satisfaction with their tour. The Hawaii residents expressed more concern about the current level of protection for humpback whales in Hawaii. Overall the passengers were in support of implementing: speed limits for all boats, tougher regulations and increased penalties, sewage disposal at the harbours, and on-board education including a naturalist and hydrophone. The passengers showed a positive willingness to pay for all of these attributes
This information is useful to the Hawaiian Island humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary operators and managers as it informs them of the desired tour attributes, and passengers' preferences for potential marine management options in Hawaii
School code: 0791
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 45-04
Subject Biology, Ecology
Biology, Oceanography
Alt Author Simon Fraser University (Canada)
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