Recreation and the Marine Environment
Marine environments have been shaped over thousands
of years by powerful natural forces. Throughout history, human
activities have also had a profound influence on marine areas.
It is relatively recently, however, that participation in recreational
activities has grown to the extent that it has been linked to
declining environmental quality in certain areas.
The recreational issues most frequently linked
with environmental impacts range from physical actions such
as infrastructure development, dredging and trampling to biological
effects caused by sewage discharge, antifouling paint leaching
and engine exhaust emissions.
The benefits of recreation
for nature conservation
The importance of recreation
Trends in recreation and
Findings from a questionnaire
Summary of recreation
and the marine environment