Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

The Value of Recreation and Community in the Salish Sea

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While SCUBA diving conditions may not resemble those of the tropics, Washington State provides some of the most spectacular diving in the United States. The flora, fauna and seafloor topography of this area are sensational. However, there is little, if any, information regarding the economic impacts that this recreational sector provides the state of Washington. To fill this gap we designed and implemented a survey of resident divers and dive shop owners in order to collect data on perceptions of the quality of sites, attributes of a preferred sites, number of dives or number of shop employees, expenditures to participate in the sport or run a dive business, and demographic information. The survey was designed to ask pertinent questions needed to characterize the role of SCUBA in inland waters to the Washington State economy. Using the INPLAN model we generated estimates of the direct, indirect and induced economic impacts of participation in SCUBA and dive shop operations. The information generated by this assessment will help inform effective coastal and marine resource management and policy decision making especially as relates to marine protected areas and marine spatial planning.

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The Economic Impacts of the SCUBA Industry and Implications for Marine Protected Areas

2016SSEC

While SCUBA diving conditions may not resemble those of the tropics, Washington State provides some of the most spectacular diving in the United States. The flora, fauna and seafloor topography of this area are sensational. However, there is little, if any, information regarding the economic impacts that this recreational sector provides the state of Washington. To fill this gap we designed and implemented a survey of resident divers and dive shop owners in order to collect data on perceptions of the quality of sites, attributes of a preferred sites, number of dives or number of shop employees, expenditures to participate in the sport or run a dive business, and demographic information. The survey was designed to ask pertinent questions needed to characterize the role of SCUBA in inland waters to the Washington State economy. Using the INPLAN model we generated estimates of the direct, indirect and induced economic impacts of participation in SCUBA and dive shop operations. The information generated by this assessment will help inform effective coastal and marine resource management and policy decision making especially as relates to marine protected areas and marine spatial planning.