A combination of telephone and postal survey methods was used to collect information from Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP) recreational fishers regarding their demographic and fishing participation characteristics, their attitudes towards the 2004 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan, the effects of the 2004 Zoning Plan on their recreational fishing activity, their beliefs about the 2004 Zoning Plan and management of the Great Barrier Reef, and their attitudes towards public consultation programs. The telephone survey contacted 13,435 households throughout the study area between February and March 2007. In total, 9,756 interviews were completed which provided household-level information (73% response rate). This resulted in 1,743 full interviews with active recreational fishers and a sample of 1,532 fishers who agreed to participate in the follow-up postal survey. Questionnaires were mailed to those fishers in May 2007. In total, 800 usable surveys were returned. After nondeliverables were eliminated, the effective response rate was 55%. A non-response bias check suggests that older and more committed fishers are slightly over-represented in the postal survey. Additionally, fishers who believe they have been negatively impacted by the 2004 Zoning Plan and the associated consultation process are slightly over-represented in the postal survey. This potential bias should be taken into consideration when viewing and using the results of this study.
See report at: 485-JCU-Sutton-S-2008-Perceptions-of-GBR-Rec fishers
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