Preference classes in society for coastal marine protected areas
This article analyses societal preferences and economic support for coastal Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Wales, United Kingdom through a latent class choice experiment approach. The findings show that people in general support the ocean protection offered by MPAs and that they, as a society, are willing bear the costs deriving from conservation. Although the respondents generally oppose MPAs were human activity is not allowed at all, the results indicate that three classes of societal preferences can be established regarding the management of potentially sea-floor damaging activities. This study can contribute to the engagement of society for the design and management of MPAs.