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Ecotourism on Lancelin Island, Western Australia

Revitt, M. and Sanders, D. (2002) Ecotourism on Lancelin Island, Western Australia. Journal of Ecotourism, 1 (2-3). pp. 190-196.

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Concern for the conservation of flora and fauna in natural areas and the potential impacts of human activity, recreation and tourism has become a high priority. Combining appropriate ecotourism activity with conservation guidelines is the main focus of this concern. These issues are of great importance to the crayfishing community of Lancelin, who are concerned about the future of their small offshore island (Lancelin Island). The purpose of this study was to investigate patterns of recreational usage on Lancelin Island and assess the acceptance of a newly constructed hardwood boardwalk and viewing platform designed to minimise the disruption of flora and fauna caused by visitors. The study would also determine whether an additional walkway would be appropriate. Research using the survey interview method was conducted over four separate visits to the island. Results showed that Lancelin Island is a popular ecotourism and recreational destination for local residents and their visiting families and friends. Respondents viewed the island as a place for recreation and also as a place for the protection of flora and fauna. Although the existing walkway is popular, current visitor numbers indicate that there is no immediate need for this structure to be extended.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Channel View Publications
Copyright: © 2002 M. Revitt & D. Sanders
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