Valuing Coast


Valuing Coast


The Valuing Coast data collection contains interviews conducted by Michelle Voyer for her PhD thesis titled 'Assessing the social acceptability of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - a comparison between Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park (PSGLMP) and Batemans Marine Park (BMP) in NSW'. The aim of the research was to understand and interpret differential community responses to MPAs and gain insight into the factors that influence their community acceptance.

The research took a multi-disciplinary approach in order to explore the full breadth of factors that may be important aspects in determining a community’s response to an MPA, including media analysis, history and demographic analysis and social assessment.

This data collection contains 7 interview transcripts with professional, recreational and Indigenous fishers, conducted in order to answer the research question 'What social impacts have been experienced in each marine park community and by which sections of the community?'

Rights Holder

Dr Michelle Voyer


Voyer M, Gladstone W. and Goodall H. (2012). Methods of social assessment in Marine Protected Area planning: Is public participation enough? Marine Policy 36: 432-439. View or download from publisher...
Voyer, M., T. Dreher, W. Gladstone, and H. Goodall. (2013). Carving the stake: dodgy science or global necessity? Local media reporting of marine S. Cottle, editor. Environmental Conflict and the Media. Peter Lang, New York.
Voyer, M., W. Gladstone, and H. Goodall. (2013). Understanding marine park opposition: the relationship between social impacts, environmental knowledge and motivation to fish. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. Publisher's site...
Voyer, M., Dreher, T., Gladstone, W. & Goodall, H. (2013). Who cares wins: The role of local news and news sources in influencing community responses to marine protected areas. Ocean & Coastal Management, vol. 85, Part A, no. 0, pp. 29-38. View or download from publisher...


Although 53 participants were originally interviewed for this project, permission to open archive de-identified interview transcripts was sought retrospectively, and by this time few participants could be readily contacted. Consequently permission was obtained from only seven participants to share their interview data. However, although the collection is incomplete, Valuing Coast complements and geographically extends the data in other collections such as Talking Fish, which pursue similar research questions.

As per research and research ethics requirements, the original dataset is retained by Dr Michelle Voyer at UTS.

Date Created

Interview data collected between March 2011
until July 2012.

Items in the Valuing Coast Collection

Interview 1, Far South Coast NSW
The interviewee speaks of how she came to live on the Far South Coast. She and her husband felt it was the best place to raise kids. Active lifestyle, healthier, 'clean', and there is a strong sense of community. Mums meet at the beach and share…

Batemans Marine Park, South Coast NSW
This study region is associated with the Valuing Coast research project. There are 7 de-identified transcripts of participant interviews for this study region.

Batemans Marine Park covers approximately 85,000 hectares, extending from the north…

Interview 2, Far South Coast NSW
The interviewee, in semi-retirement, moved from Sydney’s coast to Moruya on the far south coast to remain by the sea. He has fond memories of growing up on Sydney’s coast, learning to swim at beaches, in rock pools, and learning to surf.


Interview 3, Far South Coast NSW
The interviewee moved to the far south coast primarily for lifestyle reasons – ‘we just liked the kind of laid-back, small country town feel’. He grew up in Port Stephens, Newcastle and has lived in Canberra as well, so is familiar with the…

Interview 4, Far South Coast NSW
The interviewee has a wide background spanning food technology, captive animal management, education, and has worked with NSW Fisheries, looking after Black Cod in captivity. For the last thirty years he has scuba dived and snorkelled, spear fishing…

Interview 5, Far South Coast NSW
The interviewee retired to the far south coast in 2003. He recalls visiting the area in the 1960s during school holidays with his brother, learning to surf together. He enjoys the beach, running on the beach, surfing, the hinterland, and community.…

Interview 6, Far South Coast NSW
The interviewee has lived and worked on the far south coast for the last eight years. Originally from central Victoria, his parents bought a holiday home in the area when he was as a child. Now he runs a small water-based tourist business with his…

Interview 7, Far South Coast NSW
The interviewee has lived on the coast all his life, and for five generations in Moreton Bay (Queensland). He has also spent thirty-five years engaging with all levels of government and coastal communities about environmental conservation and…