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Investigating scuba divers' attitudes to sustainable shipwreck diving in North Carolina
by Duncan, James P., M.S., East Carolina University, 2015, 190; 1598171
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the ways in which NC scuba divers identify sustainable shipwreck diving activities to gain a better understanding of how their behavior impacts sustainable cultural tourism on the coast of North Carolina. The information collected by this study revealed the norms of respondents regarding how human activities affect the sustainability of submerged maritime archaeological sites. This was done by comparing diver characteristic variables in relation to attitudes regarding a multitude of sustainable shipwreck diving activities as they were defined by previous literature (Stone 1996; McCarthy 2000; Jewell 2004; Edney 2006). Results concluded that divers that belong to archaeological organizations tended to define sustainable diving activities as the literature does. The most experienced divers not a member of these groups tend to disagree with the literature when it comes to identifying sustainable diving activities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Richards, Nathan T.
Commitee: Kline, Carol, Oliver, Jay
School: East Carolina University
Department: Sustainable Tourism
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Recreation
Keywords: North Carolina, Scuba diving, Shipwreck diving, Tourism, Underwater archaeology
Publication Number: 1598171
ISBN: 978-1-339-02495-0
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