Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Increased tourism has augmented harassment to wildlife and posted signs are commonly used to manage such interactions. This study determined whether signs increased tourist compliance with regulations to remain >10 m from New Zealand fur seals (Arctocephalus forsteri ) at Kaikoura Peninsula. We observed 362 tourist groups interacting with seals. The percentage of groups in which all members respected the posted distance was similar whether tourists saw the signs or not [60.6% vs. 65.9%; G(l ) = 0.98, p 0.32]. Results indicate that posted signs were ineffective in increasing compliance to regulations and suggest that alternative approaches must be considered to increase regulation compliance and better manage interactions between tourists and wildlife.

Publication Title

Tourism in Marine Environments

Volume

7

Issue

1

First Page

39

Last Page

41

Required Publisher's Statement

Copyright © 2010 Cognizant Comm. Corp.

DOI: 10.372711544273 lOX12826772784874

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