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dc.contributor.author Poonian, Chris en_US
dc.contributor.author Davis, Patricia Z. R. en_US
dc.contributor.author McNaughton, Colby Kearns en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-03T21:35:55Z en_US
dc.date.available 2012-07-03T21:35:55Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2010-10 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Poonian C, Davis PZR, McNaughton CK. Impacts of Recreational Divers on Palauan Coral Reefs and Options for Management. Pac Sci 64(4): 557-566. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/23126 en_US
dc.description v. ill. 23 cm. en_US
dc.description Quarterly en_US
dc.description.abstract Recent growth in the popularity of recreational scuba diving has generated concerns about resulting impacts to coral reefs, particularly in locations such as the Republic of Palau, a world-renowned dive destination with rapidly increasing numbers of visitors. Divers were observed in-water at three of the most visited dive sites in the Rock Islands–Southern Lagoon Area: German Channel, Ngerchong, and Big Drop-off. Dive guides were interviewed about diver impacts at German Channel and Ngerchong. Divers’ contact rates with hard coral ranged from 0.87e0.27 to 2.98e0.59 contacts diver_1 10 min_1 (meaneSEM). Three instances of obvious physical damage were observed. Holding and fin contacts were the most common potentially damaging behaviors of divers, particularly those with cameras or gloves. Guides identified natural impacts (63% of respondents) and divers (34% of respondents) as the primary causes of damage to coral. Proactive management is essential to mitigate any negative impacts of recreational diving on coral reefs and to ensure resilience against other increasing threats. Long-term monitoring of dive sites, controls on the use of gloves and underwater photography, and training of guides are suggested to minimize damage caused by divers to coral reefs in Palau and elsewhere. en_US
dc.format.extent 10 p. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries vol. 64, no. 4 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Natural history--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science--Periodicals en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Natural history--Pacific Area--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Impacts of Recreational Divers on Palauan Coral Reefs and Options for Management. en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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