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associated with small sample sizes.

2.4

Visitor numbers

The Department has installed a permanent vehicle counter across the road at the culvert 30 metres north of the campground on Goat Island

Road. A calibration exercise to enable estimates the marine reserve was conducted January 10

of visitor number to

and

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2008.

The

average number of passengers counted per car was 3.5. estimate of total visitors to the marine reserve per car calculated as 4.3 (accounts for counting error in children cars, or tinted car windows as well as visitors who walk from the camp ground, traffic to the marine lab and boat details on the calibration exercise see Appendix 2.

An adjusted counted was not visible in to the reserve visitors). For

The vehicle counter has not worked continuously in recent years hence Rodney District Council installed a back-up counter alongside the Department counter from December 2007 – Feb 2008. Both counters worked and reported no significant difference in vehicle count during this time. Vehicle count figures used in this analysis were taken from March 1st, 2007 – February 28th, 2008. Over the 365 days car count data was complete for 279 days. Data for the remaining 86 days was taken from either the previous week or the previous year (see appendix 2). A total of 87,214 cars were counted. The calibration figure of 4.3 visits per car count was used to calculate an estimate of 375,020 visits for the year.

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