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Towards a Marine Mindset: Visiting an aquarium can improve attitudes and intentions regarding marine sustainability.

Wyles, KJ, Pahl, S, White, M, Morris, S, Cracknell, D and Thompson, RC (2013) Towards a Marine Mindset: Visiting an aquarium can improve attitudes and intentions regarding marine sustainability. Visitor Studies, 16 (1). pp. 95-110.

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Abstract

The oceans are crucial for human survival, yet they are under serious threat from humans, for example through overfishing and poor waste management. We investigated two questions. First, does a leisure visit to an aquarium improve visitor attitudes and intentions towards marine sustainability, specifically regarding overfishing and pollution? Second, does an information booklet handed out in addition to the visit have additional measurable impact? Aquarium visitors (n = 104) completed a questionnaire on marine sustainability attitudes and behavioral intentions before and after their visit. Half of the visitors also were given informational materials that offered behavioral solutions to the problem of overfishing. The aquarium visit significantly improved visitors’ overall attitudes and intentions. The information booklet additionally improved intentions significantly, but not attitudes. These findings show that a visit to an aquarium can help individuals develop what we term a marine mindset, a state of readiness to address marine sustainability issues. Implications, limitations, and ideas for further research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Wyles, KJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pahl, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
White, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Morris, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cracknell, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thompson, RCUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 5 April 2013
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1080/10645578.2013.768077
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Visitor Studies on 5 April 2013 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10645578.2013.768077
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 26 Oct 2016 15:21
Last Modified : 26 Oct 2016 15:21
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812384

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