[Coral-List] First survey results

Delbeek, Charles CDelbeek at calacademy.org
Tue Jan 24 11:15:21 EST 2012

If your survey contains mainly reports from divers on pleasure trips then
I think that  the results would be somewhat biased due to the fact that
tour operators take groups to areas that are still in good shape.
After-all, their business relies on word of mouth and satisfied customers,
if they took them to areas that were degraded or poor they would not be in
business long.

J. Charles Delbeek, M.Sc.

On 1/20/12 2:27 AM, "Bastiaan Vermonden" <bastiaan.vermonden at gmail.com>

>Dear coral listers,
>First I would like to thank all the coral listers who (already)
>a survey, thank you! Right now I have 115 surveys. I was wondering whether
>some people might be interested in the inititial results. If you send me
>email I will be happy to provide the data I have right now.
>One interesting result I found is that while we talk about the coral reef
>crisis nearly all divers still consider the diving destinations in good
>shape. On a range of 1 to 5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best
>average rating divers gave for diving destinations was 4.28. Of course the
>survey data is not random and it could be that right now I am attracting
>the biggest optimists but I still think it raises some interesting
>questions. Also not every destination had coral reefs but definitely the
>If you would still like to contribute a survey or you know someone who
>would like to then you can find my survey here.
>Bastiaan Vermonden
>Coral-List mailing list
>Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov

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