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Community's perspectives towards marine protected area in Perhentian Marine Park, Malaysia


Md. Nurul Islam, Gazi and Tai, Shzee Yew and Mohd Noh, Kusairi and Mohd Noh, Aswani Farhana (2014) Community's perspectives towards marine protected area in Perhentian Marine Park, Malaysia. Open Journal of Marine Science, 4 (2). pp. 51-60. ISSN 2161-7384; ESSN: 2161-7392


The Perhentian Islands located in the East coast of Peninsular Malaysia. They are well-known for their rich coral reef ecosystems. Marine resources of Malaysia have been overexploited in general due to overfishing and other development activities. Such no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) were established in Malaysia including Perhentian Islands Marine Park to enable overexploited marine resources to recover and to conserve coral reef ecosystems. This paper examines the current level of activities causing damages to the coral reef habitats in the Perhentian MPA. This study used paired comparison method to elicit the perception of the local stakeholders on the activities harmful to the marine habitats. The results of the analysis showed that various respondent groups had similar preference rankings on the harmful activities: littering, discarding fishing equipments, excess fishing and too many divers that cause damage to the habitats in the MPA area. The findings suggest that policy makers should take cognizance of the local stakeholders’ concern in planning and designing of marine protected areas in Malaysia.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.4236/ojms.2014.42007
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing
Keywords: Marine protected areas; Tourism; Overfishing; Preference ranking; Peninsular Malaysia
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 06:50
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2018 04:29
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/36823
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