Synopses & Reviews
Coral reefs are an important tourism resource for many coastal and island destinations and generate a range of benefits to their local communities including as a food source, income from tourism, employment and recreational opportunities. However, coral reef are under increasing threat from climate change and related impacts such as coral bleaching and ocean acidification. Other anthropogenic stresses including over-fishing, anchor damage, coastal development, agricultural runoffs, sedimentation and coral mining.
This book adopts a multidisciplinary approach to review these issues as they relate to the sustainable management of coral reef tourism destinations. It incorporates coral reef science, management, conservation and tourism perspectives to takes a global perspective of coral reef tourism issues covering many of the world's most significant coral reef destinations. These include the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo in Australia, the Red Sea, Pacific islands, South East Asia, the Maldives, the Caribbean islands, Florida Keys and Brazil. Specific issues addressed include climate change, pollution threats, recreational fishing, island tourism, cruising, scuba diving, marine wildlife, governance, sustainability, conservation and community resilience. The book also issues a call for more thoughtful development of coral reef experiences where the ecological needs of coral reefs are placed ahead of the economic desires of the tourism industry.