Report on Leigh Marine Sanctuary (NZ) Shows Strong Economic Benefits

It’s from 2008 but a great reference.  Key headlines:

The Total Output in Rodney dependent on the existence of the marine reserve is estimated to be $18.6 million per year. Some $12.1 million of this is direct spend by visitors and the balance is the result of flow-on effect through the district economy. Associated with this output is Total Value Added of $8.2 million per year and employment for 173 FTE’s (full time equivalents) in Rodney, including 10 jobs in marine reserve-related activities.

 DOC’s total annual budget at the marine reserve varies but is approximately $70,000 per year, including a total staff input of 0.8FTE.

The Cape Rodney Okakari Point Marine Reserve was established in 1975 and is the most popular marine reserve in New Zealand. The reserve received an estimated 375 000 visits in the year to February 28th, 2008.

 The majority of day visitors (54 %) said that if the marine reserve did not exist then they would not visit, or would be unlikely to visit, the district on the day they were interviewed.

Download the Hunt 2008 Economic Impact Analysis of the Cape Rodney Okakari Point (Leigh) Marine Reserve on the Rodney District here.

The report compliments work undertaken by Save Our Marine Life to look at the economic costs and benefits of a network of marine sanctuaries in WA’s southwest that found long term economic benefits from increasing marine protection.  More information on this report here. Speech by report author Dr Martin Van Bueren here.

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