Long-term social and economic monitoring helps reef managers understand the current status of marine park users, industries
and communities. It also helps build a picture of how industries and communities are likely to respond and cope with changes
associated with environmental degradation, climate change, regulatory frameworks, and changes in culture. It can also assist
in evaluating the effectiveness of management interventions.This project will establish and collect a unique data set that
documents long-term social and economic trends in communities and users of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). In 2011-12 a number
of existing datasets were collated and relevant information extracted. Additionally data gaps were identified, which then
formed the primary survey questions. In 2012-13 and 2013-14 primary data will be collected via surveys conducted on mini
iPads from Bundaberg to Cooktown.
Outcomes of this project include:
* Providing GBR management and industries with better access to social and economic information necessary for planning purposes.
* Strong liaison with GBR stakeholders on the social and economic status of the region. * An annual snapshot of the social
and economic indicators for the entire GBR region.