The relationship of boat movements to environmental management at some Queensland marinas

Lavery, Hugh (2010) The relationship of boat movements to environmental management at some Queensland marinas. Queensland Environmental Practice Reporter, 16(72), pp. 40-65.

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Marinas currently exist primarily to service recreational boats, and these vessels are a potential cause of both problems and opportunities in environmental management. Thus, on the one hand, destructive fuel and other pollutants may be expelled, boat wakes can cause littoral soil erosion, physical damage results from collisions with marine life, and litter and noise pollution occur in otherwise pristine habitat.

Boats also provide access to otherwise inaccessible natural environments for educational and other management reasons.

In this study, boat traffic at three large marinas located along the Queensland coastline has been field surveyed for introductory information. No attempt was made at this juncture to survey the behaviour of the boat crews and passengers (concerning actual destinations, activities on board, etc. or to survey the recreational boat industry. Such studies rely on boat registration records and personal questionnaires. Some other surveys relating to fishing draw on boat ramp surveys and direct submissions by recreational fishers; these provide some data on daily usage of boat ramps, but without particular attention to boats.

We believe field observations of overall boat activities in the water are necessary for environmental management purposes. The aim of the survey was to provide information to help prioritize the potential impacts that boats’ activities have on the surrounding natural environment. Any impact by boats will be a product of their numbers, size, frequency of movement, carrying capacity and routes/destinations. The severity of impacts will dictate the appropriate management action.

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ID Code: 37832
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1323-7349
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Queensland Environmental Law Association
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2010 22:42
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2010 14:47

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