Surveys conducted among whale shark tourists in Ningaloo Marine Park, off the coast of Western Australia, yielded 464 responses in 1995 and 376 in 1996. Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) is used to compare attitudes towards management questions relating to human-to-shark separation distances, swimmers making contact with sharks, satisfaction with the experience, and the numbers of swimmers in the water. While the rules on separation distances were changed between the years, statistical analyses indicate that satisfaction with the experience did not change. Resulting from the rule changes, swimmers did not get so close to sharks in 1996, nor were they as concerned about the number of other people in the water. It is concluded that a simple change to the regulation on separation distances resulted in improved human experiences and potentially less interference with the animals.
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)|
|Author Address||Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia.|
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