Coral reefs are valuable resources but are vulnerable to damage. Tourists diving and snorkelling on coral reefs cause damage, although usually inadvertently. Sustainability of tourism, and associated revenue from it, is dependent on managing impacts caused by tourists. This brief quantifies the direct impacts of tourism on St. Lucian coral reefs, explores management options, and looks at future options for tourism growth under different management regimes.
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 5: Impacts of tourism on coral reefs and options for management. Annex A2, Appendix 4 of the Final Technical Report of project R7668. York: Environment Department, University of York. 5 pp.
Policy and management brief 5: Impacts of tourism on coral reefs and options for management.