The noticeable increase in use of Moreton Bay by recreational boaters since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has raised the profile of the issue of sustainable use of the Bay. The upcoming 2022 Moreton Bay Marine Park Review and the announcement of the Brisbane 2032 Olympics add urgency to the need to understand how the Bay is used.
TMBF recognises recreational use as a key pressure on the Bay’s sustainability so funded the “Mapping Social Values and Activities of Recreational Motor Vessel Users in Moreton Bay” project. Also supported by the Department of Environmental Science’s Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, this project combines social scientific theory and mapping to identify 1. which parts of Moreton Bay recreational motorised vessel users visit (spatial data), 2. for which recreational activities (use data), and 3. why (values data).
‘Recreational Boater Use and Values’ is led by Dr Vicki Martin, Dr Claudia Benham and Associate Professor Carissa Klein, University of Queensland.
The project is completed and the Recreational Boater Use and Values Final Report is now available.