Ensuring good governance of marine wildlife tourism: a case study of ray-based tourism at Hamelin Bay, Western Australia

Julia DeLorenzo, Erika J. Techera

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Abstract

This paper focuses on stingray and eagle ray tourism in Hamelin Bay, Western Australia, and examines whether current governance arrangements are sufficient. Utilising a desk-based methodology we review the literature and analyse the relevant legal provisions and management practices to determine whether these are appropriate given growth in tourism numbers. Although stricter controls were recommended over ten years ago, and some reforms were made, we find that governance remains limited. We make recommendations for the future with implications for governance in Australia and other regions where marine-based tourism is expanding and must be sustainably managed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-135
Number of pages15
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Volume24
Issue number2
Early online date31 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Ecotourism
  • eagle ray
  • environmental law
  • governance
  • marine-based tourism
  • nature-based tourism
  • stingray
  • sustainable tourism
  • tourism regulation

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