Tourism is one of St. Lucia's most important industries and the island's coastal environment is its most important tourism asset. Coral reefs are of critical importance in supporting tourism. This brief examines how much tourism revenue is generated by coral reefs in the Soufriere Marine Management Areas. It also describes the role of the SMMA in maintaining and enhancing the value to coral reef assets to the St. Lucian economy. Finally, it explores the costs of reef degradation from pollution.
Roberts, C.M., Barker, N.L.H., Clarke, A.J., Gell, F.R.G., Hawkins, J.P., Nugues, M.M. and Schelten, C.K. 2003. Policy and management brief 3: Value of coral reefs for tourism and costs of reef degradation. Annex A2, Appendix 3 of the Final Technical Report of project R7668. York: Environment Department, University of York. 4pp.