Coral reefs are an important tourism resource for many coastal and island destinations and generate a range of benefits to their local communities, including as a food source, income from tourism, employment and recreational opportunities. However, coral reefs are under increasing threat from climate change and related impacts such as coral bleaching and ocean acidification. Other anthropogenic stresses include over-fishing, anchor damage, coastal development, agricultural run-off, sedimentation and coral mining.

This book adopts a multidisciplinary approach to review these issues as they relate to the sustainable management of coral reef tourism destinations. It incorporates coral reef science, management, conservation and tourism perspectives and takes a global perspective of coral reef tourism issues covering many of the world’s most significant coral reef destinations. These include the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef in Australia, the Red Sea, Pacific Islands, South East Asia, the Maldives, the Caribbean islands, Florida Keys and Brazil. Specific issues addressed include climate change, pollution threats, fishing, island tourism, scuba diving, marine wildlife, governance, sustainability, conservation and community resilience. The book also issues a call for more thoughtful development of coral reef experiences where the ecological needs of coral reefs are placed ahead of the economic desires of the tourism industry.

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part I|58 pages

The ecology and governance of coral reefs

chapter 2|12 pages

Coral reefs

Impacts and sustainability in the South Pacific Islands
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part II|62 pages

Threats and sustainability issues facing coral reef tourism

chapter 7|14 pages

Belize Barrier Reef System

A threatened biodiversity hotspot
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chapter 8|12 pages

Coral reefs of the Florida Keys

The threats of a changing sea
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chapter 9|16 pages

Whale shark tourism at Ningaloo Reef

Successes, challenges and what’s next?
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part III|90 pages

Development and management of coral reef tourism activities

chapter 10|14 pages

Ecotourism and coral reef restoration

Case studies from Thailand and the Maldives
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chapter 11|18 pages

Tourism and fishing in paradise

A case study of the Maldives
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chapter 15|13 pages

Impacts of vessel-based day tours on coral reefs

Observations from snorkel tours in Maui, Hawai’i
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part IV|52 pages

Indigenous use, the media and the way forward

chapter 16|20 pages

Indigenous coral reef tourism

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chapter 17|15 pages

Media in coral reef tourism management

Indications from online travel magazines
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