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to help people understand how significant a marine reserve can be to a regional economy.

In light of the foregoing, it was decided to conduct an economic impact analysis for CROP Marine Reserve both to show how significant the reserve was to the Rodney District economy and also to allow result

comparison with work carried out by Butcher Partners terrestrial conservation areas (Butcher 2006, DOC

Ltd in several

2006).

An

economic impact assessment broader context with other agriculture or total tourism in

will also allow results to be viewed in a economic activities, such as fisheries, the district.

The study does not look at the protection and species conservation values or the non-recreation ecosystem services associated with the marine reserve. Nor does the study address the economic impact of the reserve on local recreational or inshore commercial fisheries. Given that the reserve was established in 1975, it was decided that projection of fisheries value in the absence of the reserve would be subjective and problematic. The issue anyway is not about the most appropriate use of the reserve area as the marine reserve has been long established. The focus of the study is whether CROP makes a contribution to the local economy. Hence the study looks only at the economic impact of activities associated with the Cape Rodney – Okakari Marine Reserve on the Rodney District.

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