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Bridging Coral Reef Science and Policy Objectives: A Case Study of Perceptions in the Main Hawaiian Islands

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dc.contributor.advisor Rieser, Alison
dc.contributor.author Knighton, Faith Opatrny
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-02T22:51:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-02T22:51:36Z
dc.date.issued 2013-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/100718
dc.description MA University of Hawaii at Manoa 2013
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 219–229).
dc.description.abstract Hawaii's coral reefs are valuable ecologically, economically and culturally. Yet, anthropogenic threats continue to degrade these ecosystems amid a plethora of scientific and policy frameworks designed for conservation. Literature argues the science-policy interface for coral reef conservation is broken and may be the demise of coral reefs. This study examines the history of coral reef science, the effectiveness of ocean policies, and the economic benefits of conservation to establish the background in Hawaiʻi. A 32.8% response rate of 506 coral reef scientists and managers in government, academic and non-government organizations participated in a professional opinion survey to determine if consensus exists as to the threats and the effectiveness of management strategies for coral reefs. Survey respondents perceived a breakdown in communication between scientists and managers, and that future management strategies should prioritize a preventative and precautionary, education and enforcement focus. Future coral reef conservation efforts depend on bridging these gaps.
dc.format.extent xi, 229 leaves
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2013]
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Master of Arts (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Geography.
dc.rights All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
dc.subject coral reef conservation
dc.subject ocean policies
dc.subject Hawaii
dc.subject policy
dc.subject science
dc.subject economics
dc.title Bridging Coral Reef Science and Policy Objectives: A Case Study of Perceptions in the Main Hawaiian Islands
dc.type Thesis
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.contributor.department Geography and Environment
local.thesis.degreelevel MA
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