Recreational Scuba Diving In Caribbean Marine Protected Areas: Do The Users Pay?

Recreational Scuba Diving In Caribbean Marine Protected Areas: Do The Users Pay?

Primary Country: United States
Ecosystem: coral reef
Sample Value Estimates:
  1. $1-2 million / year: Annual current revenue from divers user fees in Florida (usually $2-3 per dive or diver, levied in 25% of MP
  2. $93 million / year: Potential revenues from a $25 per person diver fee
Region: Americas / Gulf of Mexico/Atlantic
Data source: Consvalmap.org

Publication information

Green, E. Donnelly, R “Recreational Scuba Diving In Caribbean Marine Protected Areas: Do The Users Pay?” Ambio, 32(2), 140-144., 2003

Addtional Notes

An estimated (2003) 15 million dives take place near Florida each year, half inside MPAs. Protected area agencies in the Caribbean (excluding USA) have an average financial shortfall of $30 per ha. This survey suggests that 3.75 million divers visit the region annually, meaning that a $25 fee would cover 78% of the funding shortfall

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Economic Valuation Study

Tourism and Recreational Value

Coral Reef

An estimated (2003) 15 million dives take place near Florida each year, half inside MPAs. Only 25% of MPAs with coral reefs charge divers an entry or user fee, usually $2–3 levied per dive or per diver. The revenue generated by these fees is estimated at $1–2 million annually. Protected area agencies in the Caribbean (excluding USA) have an average financial shortfall of $30 per ha. This survey suggests that 3.75 million divers visit the region annually, and if a WTP user fees of $25 per person were collected, this would raise $93 million, or 78% of the $120 million shortfall. While oversimplistic, the study demonstrates that major contributions to MPA management in the Caribbean could be made by proper pricing and collection of user fees.

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