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This is the first assessment of the value of national parks, marine parks and forests for tourism and recreation in Western Australia. A case study approach was adopted and two study regions were nominated because of their significance for tourism and recreation and their endowment of natural attractions within parks, forests and marine areas. This study estimated the direct yearly tourist expenditure in two regions known for their unique natural attractions – the Southern Forest Region and the Gascoyne Coast Region.

by Jack Carlsen and David Wood

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This study originated from a research program conducted by the South East Queensland Regional Water Quality Management Strategy, a multi-agency community/ industry/government partnership group. The first phase of the study produced a final report on ship-sourced pollution in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay. Imminent changes to sewage discharge regulations for recreational vessels operating in Queensland’s coastal waters and concerns about nutrients derived from sewage emissions fuelled demand for a study aimed at identifying sewage signatures from recreational and tourist vessels.

by Jan Warnken and Catherine Pratt

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This project principally examined the potential impact the turbulence created by the passage of cruise ships may have on fragile benthic marine biota and additional aspects such as potential wave wake erosion of channel banks. It is based on research undertaken to determine whether small, expedition-style cruise ships should be  permitted to enter past Port Davey and into Bathurst Channel within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Australia.

by Claire Ellis, Neville Barrett & Sophia Schmieman

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An overview of the marine charter boat fishing sector in Australia, covering the size and composition of the sector, its rapid growth, the developing regulatory environment and the challenges and opportunities the sector is facing from both the natural resource management and tourism perspectives.

by Don Gartside

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Fishing Tourism: Charter Boat Fishing

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This  best practice manual concentrates specifically on the procedures of dolphin swim-tour operations. It is a knowledge product developed from the research findings of the technical report Best Practice and Interpretation Tourist/Wildlife Encounters: A Wild Dolphin Swim Tour Example.

by Fleur ONeill, Sam Barnard and Diane Lee

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Best Practice Guidelines for Dolphin Swim Tour Operations Industry Manual : A Dolphin Discovery Center Example

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Best Practice and Interpretation Tourist/Wildlife Encounters: A Wild Dolphin Swim Tour Example

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This report focuses on one component of a wider study of tourist-dolphin interaction and includes an Industry Manual, available as a separate hardcopy. The wider study consisted of a quantitative survey, with a sample of 1300 shore and boat-based visitors, and a population survey of 230 swim tour participants. It also included qualitative input from staff members at the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Koombana Bay, Bunbury, Western Australia, with regards to management issues. Included with this report will be an industry focused best practice manual concentrating specifically on the procedures of dolphin swim-tour operations.

by Fleur ONeill, Sam Barnard and Diane Lee

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