Na­tional sur­vey to make waves

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TER­RI­TORY recre­ational boat­ies can take part in a sur­vey that aims to col­lect un­prece­dented in­for­ma­tion on one of Aus­tralia’s favourite pas­times.

The Aus­tralian Boaters Sur­vey was launched at the re­cent Marine13 In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion in Syd­ney and has been de­vel­oped as a joint ven­ture by the Boat­ing In­dus­tries Al­liance Aus­tralia and the Ma­rina In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion.

Sur­vey par­tic­i­pants can win great prizes, in­clud­ing 12 months’ free boat in­sur­ance and EPIRBs.

The main aims of the sur­vey are to quan­tify the eco­nomic scale of recre­ational boat­ing in Aus­tralia and bet­ter un­der­stand the char­ac­ter­is­tics and be­haviours of recre­ational boat­ies.

The sur­vey will cover top­ics in­clud­ing the num­ber of boats, boat char­ac­ter­is­tics, boat­ing days, trips and lo­ca­tions, spend­ing and boat owner char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Data will be used for recre­ational boat­ing safety cam­paigns and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment.

It will also be used for plan­ning, pol­icy and in­vest­ment de­ci­sions into the fu­ture.

Data anal­y­sis will be through the com­bined ef­forts of the Michi­gan State Univer­sity-based Recre­ational Marine Re­search Cen­tre and the Royal Mel­bourne In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. Boat­ies who reg­is­ter will be in­formed by email with de­tails about par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sur­veys.

By join­ing the panel of par­tic­i­pants, boat­ies will be asked to record in­for­ma­tion about their most re­cent boat­ing ac­tiv­ity on a monthly ba­sis for 12 months.

Go to aus­trali­aboat­ing­sur­vey.com/in­dex.html

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