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Assessing the challenges of beach quality: the perception of a beach user in Ghana

Donatus Bapentire Angnuureng, Janet Frimpomaa, Bruna Alves, Mabel Anim, Ivy Akuoko, Napoleon Addison.

Abstract
Beaches are economically important natural coastal resources. They add beauty to the coast and provide habitats for many organisms as well as services to people. The focus of this paper was to investigate whether beach users were aware of the key factors that affect the quality of the Elmina beach. Specifically, the physical, social and economic profiles of the beach users were addressed. The study involved administering a structured questionnaire to 100 beach users through quota sampling; and reports on the predominant factors influencing the beach usage. Most of the beach users were concerned about crowd; a major factor that influences beach quality and the rate of attendance, followed by water cleanliness, their comfort and noise. Beach users indicated that crowded beaches render the beach unclean. Most respondents would rather visit other beaches than a low-quality Elmina beach. Coastal erosion also reduces the carrying capacity and aesthetic value of the beach. Therefore, adequate information on erosion, provision of social amenities, public education and enforcement of coastal bye-laws are proposed to make the Elmina beach an ideal destination. A proposed application of a fee to improve beach quality and management was supported by 74% of respondents. That beach users are willing to pay a fee per visit, is largely because of their high level of education, and not income.

Key words: Beach user profile; tourists; beach quality; coastal erosion; beach management


 
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Angnuureng DB, Frimpomaa J, Alves B, Anim M, Akuoko I, Addison N. Assessing the challenges of beach quality: the perception of a beach user in Ghana. J. Fish. Coast. Mgt. 2020; 2(1): 41-55. doi:10.5455/jfcom.20200423042514


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Angnuureng DB, Frimpomaa J, Alves B, Anim M, Akuoko I, Addison N. Assessing the challenges of beach quality: the perception of a beach user in Ghana. https://www.jfcomonline.com/?mno=101419 [Access: June 06, 2022]. doi:10.5455/jfcom.20200423042514


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Angnuureng DB, Frimpomaa J, Alves B, Anim M, Akuoko I, Addison N. Assessing the challenges of beach quality: the perception of a beach user in Ghana. J. Fish. Coast. Mgt. 2020; 2(1): 41-55. doi:10.5455/jfcom.20200423042514



Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Angnuureng DB, Frimpomaa J, Alves B, Anim M, Akuoko I, Addison N. Assessing the challenges of beach quality: the perception of a beach user in Ghana. J. Fish. Coast. Mgt. (2020), [cited June 06, 2022]; 2(1): 41-55. doi:10.5455/jfcom.20200423042514



Harvard Style

Angnuureng, D. B., Frimpomaa, . J., Alves, . B., Anim, . M., Akuoko, . I. & Addison, . N. (2020) Assessing the challenges of beach quality: the perception of a beach user in Ghana. J. Fish. Coast. Mgt, 2 (1), 41-55. doi:10.5455/jfcom.20200423042514



Turabian Style

Angnuureng, Donatus Bapentire, Janet Frimpomaa, Bruna Alves, Mabel Anim, Ivy Akuoko, and Napoleon Addison. 2020. Assessing the challenges of beach quality: the perception of a beach user in Ghana. Journal of Fisheries and Coastal Management, 2 (1), 41-55. doi:10.5455/jfcom.20200423042514



Chicago Style

Angnuureng, Donatus Bapentire, Janet Frimpomaa, Bruna Alves, Mabel Anim, Ivy Akuoko, and Napoleon Addison. "Assessing the challenges of beach quality: the perception of a beach user in Ghana." Journal of Fisheries and Coastal Management 2 (2020), 41-55. doi:10.5455/jfcom.20200423042514



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Angnuureng, Donatus Bapentire, Janet Frimpomaa, Bruna Alves, Mabel Anim, Ivy Akuoko, and Napoleon Addison. "Assessing the challenges of beach quality: the perception of a beach user in Ghana." Journal of Fisheries and Coastal Management 2.1 (2020), 41-55. Print. doi:10.5455/jfcom.20200423042514



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Angnuureng, D. B., Frimpomaa, . J., Alves, . B., Anim, . M., Akuoko, . I. & Addison, . N. (2020) Assessing the challenges of beach quality: the perception of a beach user in Ghana. Journal of Fisheries and Coastal Management, 2 (1), 41-55. doi:10.5455/jfcom.20200423042514