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ERIC Number: ED063148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Pages: 14
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The Social and Economic Significance of Recreation Activities in the Marine Environment.
Ditton, Robert B.
Although the data obtained by an Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission in 1960 indicated that 44 percent of participants in outdoor recreation prefer water-based activities, the potential demand for recreation within the coastal zone is much greater than that study indicates, because the unfulfilled recreational demands of the urban population were overlooked. At present, multiple-use management in all four United States coastal zones (Pacific, Gulf, Atlantic, and Great Lakes) is not optimizing recreation potentials. This has resulted from a narrow view of recreation, adherence to unsuitable water-quality criteria, and the failure to assign adequate economic values to the recreational potential of pollution, chemical and biological contamination, energy, environmental action, total economic value of marine recreation from data on the sale and registration of boats, the expenditure on fishing equipment and the like, it has not, so far, been possible to partition these data according to region. Future research needs to be addressed to this problem in order to establish an adequate basis for the attainment of sustained recreational yield. (A classification of "coast-oriented outdoor recreation activities by environmental use" is included.) (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Green Bay.