Cheaper travel and increased interest in nature is making marine environments, particularly coral reefs, more accessible and popular with holidaymakers. This necessarily leads to an increase in intensity of use of reefs and combined with growing levels of pollution from land-based sources, means reefs are more than ever in need of management. The Soufriere Marine Management Area was created in 1995 to protect and manage reefs in the Soufrière region. Costs of managing the SMMA need to be met, and much comes from tourist user fees levied on scuba divers, snorkelers and yachts. However, only approximately 50% of costs are met from these fees paid by divers and snorkelers and income from year to year varies, and can be unpredictable. This brief examines the options for increasing revenues to the SMMA.
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 4: Funding coral reef management. Annex A2, Appendix 4 of the Final Technical Report of project R7668. York: Environment Department, University of York. 4 pp.