Title

Demographic change and shifting views about marine resources and the coastal environment in Downeast Maine

Abstract

Connections to the sea often define the character of coastal towns. However, as migrants arrive and economic diversification occurs, views about the use of marine resources and the ocean environment can change. Using survey data from Maine, we examined whether shifting demographics affect public perceptions of marine resource uses and coastal environmental concerns. We tested resource use and environmental items against a common set of demographic, background, and place-related variables. Results indicate that the level of education and the county of residence predict Mainers’ views about different marine resource uses and ocean-related environmental issues. Political party affiliation strongly influences environmental concern but not views about the use of marine resources. Migration history, on the other hand, has little effect. Understanding community contexts as well as individual background and ideological orientations will be critical as managers attempt to balance alternative uses of marine resources and resolve coastal environmental problems.

Publication Date

6-2012

Journal Title

Population and Environment

Publisher

Springer

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s11111-011-0146-0

Document Type

Article

Rights

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

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