Vernon R. Leeworthy,
NOAA, National Ocean Service, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
This research is part of the Socioeconomic Research & Monitoring Program for the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. In 2010, a baseline study of users and non-users of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) was initiated. Mail surveys were designed in 2010 and implemented in 2011 and 2012.
The study provides baseline data on the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of users and non-users of GRNMS in regard to management strategies and regulations. It also provides information on socioeconomic/demographic profiles, activity participation and use of coastal and ocean waters off the Georgia coast both inside and outside GRNMS. The surveys collected data on sources of public information on GRNMS used and the amount of trust in sources used, familiarity with GRNMS rules and regulations, and attitudes about selected management strategies for coastal and ocean resources both inside and outside GRNMS. For users of GRNMS, perceptions of resource conditions were also addressed.
For users and non-users, two versions of the surveys were designed to address all the issues above. Both versions of the survey were implemented for separate samples of non- users of GRNMS in 2011. For users, Version 1 of the survey was implemented in 2011 and Version 2, which obtains information about attitudes on selected management strategies for coastal and ocean resources both inside and outside GRNMS was implemented in 2012.
The technical appendix for users version 1 and non-users versions 1 and 2 are reported in Leeworthy (2012b), while this report is the "Technical Appendix" for users version 2 as found in Leeworthy (2013) and documents the statistical tests that were done for comparing users version 1 and 2 surveys and the statistical tests for differences between the responses by users and non-users to version 2 survey questions on various policy/management strategies included in version 2 surveys.