Tourism and Recreation
An overview of the impact of tourism on coral reefs and local communities including environmental, social and aesthetic concerns. Includes a thorough list of the activities that can damage reefs such as construction,extraction of fresh water, demand for seafood, anchor damage, reef curio trade.
Encourages the proper management and planning of tourims in coral reef areas including developing environmental guidelines for developers, estimating carrying capacity, and involving and empowering local communities. Part of a series of fact sheets published by MCS.
Issues of concern
Impacts on amenity and social values
Impacts on local communities
The positive side of tourism