The Wreck of the Rhone Marine Park, British Virgin Islands

The Wreck of the Rhone Marine Park, British Virgin Islands

Primary Country: British Virgin Islands
Ecosystem: marine park
Sample Value Estimates: National parks in the BVI require the use of mooring buoys, which have an associated “conservation fee” that is used by the National Parks Trust for reef protection schemes. This fee is the primary source of revenue for the WRMP. Costs associated with the program include payroll, boat maintenance and fuel. Total income is estimated to be $179,478.26. Cost estimates of $82,768.59 yield an overall net income of $96,709.67 associated with the mooring buoy program. In addition to cost and revenue estimates, data from a random survey distributed to 100 dive boat visitors to the WRMP was used to ascertain the importance of the marine environment in attracting visitors, and visitors’ willingness to spend more on overall expenses related to visiting the park. 59% of visitors indicated a willingness to spend 10-50% more on overall expenses. Quality of the environment and marine life was indicated as “very important” for 86% of visitors, as well as the quality of the experience provied to 61% of visitors, which reflects diver satisfaction. Further, 46% of visitors said that they probably would not return to the park if the quality of the marine environment were to degrade by 30%. Only 3% suggested that they definitely would not return.
Methodology: survey of 100 visitors to WRMP - only visitors traveling to the WRMP by dive boat were approached
Region: Americas and Europe

Publication information

Woodfield, N.K. “The Wreck of the Rhone Marine Park, British Virgin Islands” Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) Technical Report No. 261. 19 pp., 1997

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