for detailed instructions on using the online mapping application.
IS THE PURPOSE?
This survey will gather information on recreational
boating to ensure that this popular and important activity receives
appropriate attention when management decisions are being made
regarding the waters of Massachusetts.
survey will document: where boaters go; how often they go out;
what they do while boating (i.e. fishing, sightseeing, etc.);
and how much they spend on boating. Once a month, during the 2010
boating season, a sample of boaters will be asked to provide spatial
and economic information on their most recent boating trip.
WILL THE INFORMATION BE USED?
Data gained through the survey will be combined
to produce maps of recreational boating patterns and to provide
a better understanding of boaters' contribution to the total economic
value of recreational boating. The maps will be made available
to the boating industry, policy makers, and the public to support
the long term interests of recreational boaters in Massachusetts.
DO YOU NEED MY E-MAIL ADDRESS?
of the questionnaires will be completed online and we will be
using periodic e-mail updates to let you know when it is time
for your next report, so in order to participate, we need to have
a working e-mail address for you. Your e-mail address will not
be used for any other purpose and will not be shared with any
third party. At the end of the study, your e-mail address will
be deleted from our records.
IS IN THE SAMPLE?
The owners of 10,000 recreational boats
randomly selected from either the Massachusetts Boat Registration
or US Coast Guard Documented Vessel databases.
I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE?
While your participation is extremely important,
this study is voluntary - even if you initially agree to participate,
you can withdraw at any time.
LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Each monthly online questionnaire should
take less than 20 minutes to complete.
MY ANSWERS CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes, completely. All of the information
presented in study reports will be combined with responses from
other respondents so that no individual can be identified.
IS DOING THE STUDY?
The University of Massachusetts Boston's
Urban Harbors Institute is leading a team which includes the Massachusetts
Ocean Partnership, the Department of Environmental, Earth and
Ocean Sciences (UMass Boston), Marine Consulting Services and
the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.
team is working in partnership with the Massachusetts Marine Trades
Association, the Massachusetts Boating and Yacht Clubs Association,
the Massachusetts Harbormasters Association and Sailors for the
IS SPONSORING THE STUDY?
The funding for this study is being provided
by the Massachusetts
Ocean Partnership (MOP). MOP is a broadly representative,
independent public-private partnership, which aims to promote
healthy, resilient ocean ecosystems and thriving, sustainable
marine dependent communities, industries and businesses.
is also generously providing the grand prize incentive - a $1,000
check for a lucky participant drawn at random when the study concludes.