An Economic and Spatial Baseline of Coastal Recreation in the South Coast of California

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Type: Report
Year of publication: 2015
Date published: 01/2015
Authors: Cheryl Chen, Taylor Hesselgrave, Noah Enelow, Charles Steinback, Kristen Sheeran, Michael Mertens, Nick Lyman
Publishing institution: California Sea Grant
City: La Jolla, CA

This study is a part of a larger baseline marine protected areas monitoring effort, entitled the South Coast MPA Baseline Program, tasked with characterizing the ecological and socioeconomic conditions and changes within the South Coast region since MPA implementation. To investigate coastal recreation patterns in the South Coast region, we utilized a standing internet panel hosted by Knowledge Networks (KN) designed to be demographically representative and surveyed 4,492 individuals in select South Coast region counties. The data collected established a baseline characterization of coastal visitation and recreation statistics and a spatial baseline of coastal recreation use patterns in the region.

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