[MARMAM] New Publication: Perceptions and attitudes of stakeholders towards the wildlife refuge of Ilha dos Lobos, a marine protected area in Brazil
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*I am pleased to announce the publication of 1 paper about Perceptions and
attitudes of stakeholders towards the wildlife refuge of Ilha dos Lobos, a
marine protected area in Brazil*
Engel, M.T.; Marchini, S.; Pont, A.C.; Machado, R. and Oliveira, L.R..
2014. Perceptions and attitudes of stakeholders towards the wildlife refuge
of *Ilha dos Lobos,* a marine protected area in Brazil. *Marine Policy
<http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0308597X>*. 45: 45-51.
*Abstract: *At the north coast of Rio Grande do Sul state, southern
Brazilian coast, the Wildlife Refuge of *Ilha dos Lobos*(29°20′S; 49°43′W),
is a full protection area and a seasonal resting refuge for South American
sea lions (*Otaria flavescens*). The regular presence of sea lions on the
island is not only a touristic attraction in the region, but also a problem
to the fishery community. This community faces economic impacts in its
activities due to fish depredation caused by sea lions. Because of this
issue, the perceptions and attitudes of different stakeholders from the
region are important to be considered by managers, so that a realistic and
decentralized action plan can be designed. The goal of this study was to
analyze how different local stakeholders perceived the Wildlife Refuge of *Ilha
dos Lobos*. Additionally, how these stakeholders differed from each other
in terms of attitudes, knowledge and perceptions. In October 2011, January
and March 2012, face-to-face interview surveys were conducted with
fishermen and tourists, and drop-off questionnaires surveys with business,
and tourism professional and teachers, in a total of 150 questionnaires, 30
for each group. The results indicated existence of differences across the
five stakeholder groups. It was also suggested that non-direct stakeholders
had a more favorable view of the Wildlife Refuge of *Ilha dos Lobos*and the
sea lion, whereas direct stakeholder (the fishermen) saw it as an obstacle
to their fisheries activities.
Full text is available at:
Grupo de Estudos de Mamíferos Aquáticos do Rio Grande do Sul (GEMARS). Av:
Tramandaí, 976, Imbé, RS 95625-000 Brasil.
Laboratório de Sistemática e Ecologia de Aves e Mamíferos Marinhos.
Departamento de Zoologia - UFRGS/IB. Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil
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