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My name is Alejandra Vergara-Peña. I am researcher at Bangor University in collaboration with Sea Watch Foundation. The purpose of this study is to evaluate and to describe the recreational use of Cardigan Bay in West Wales, to establish user needs and behaviour, to integrate them into bottlenose dolphin conservation. You are invited to participate in this research project because you visit Cardigan Bay and may have encountered bottlenose dolphins in the area.

Your participation in this research study is voluntary. You may choose not to participate. If you decide to participate in this survey, you can withdraw at any time. The survey contains 23 questions, which will take a short time to complete. Your responses are anonymous and confidential. Results from the survey will be collated at Bangor University. If you have any questions about the research study, please contact Alejandra Vergara-Peña (elp2ae@bangor.ac.uk, 01248388501).

Thank you for helping me with my PhD research,

Alejandra Vergara-Peña
PhD student
Bangor University
https://www.bangor.ac.uk/oceansciences/staff/phd-students/alejandra-vergara-pena

1.1. What type(s) of vessel(s) do you use in Cardigan Bay? (You can use more than one option)

This part of the survey uses a table of questions, 

3.3. Last year, how many days a month did you visit Cardigan Bay to use a recreational vessel? (If you did not visit during particular months, leave empty)
Days
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

This part of the survey uses a table of questions, 

4.4. Over the past 6 years, approximately how many days per year did you spend on a vessel in Cardigan Bay? (If you did not visit during particular years, leave empty)
Days
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
5.5. Do you generally visit Cardigan Bay during weekends, weekdays or holidays?  (You can use more than one option)

This part of the survey uses a table of questions, 

8.8. Please rate the importance of the following for you when using a recreational craft in Cardigan Bay

Please don't select more than 1 answer(s) per row.

Not importantSlightly importantModerately importantImportantVery important
Scenery
Taking photographs/video
Fishing
Seeing seabirds
Seeing dolphins
Seeing seals
9.9. Last year, on what percentage of trips did you encounter bottlenose dolphins?

11.11. Do you report bottlenose dolphin sightings to anyone or anywhere?
12.12. Once encountering bottlenose dolphins, what is your procedure? (Please select one from each column)
13.13. During an encounter with bottlenose dolphins, on average how long do you spend with them?
14.14. When approaching bottlenose dolphins, generally how close do you get?
15.15. Are you part of the Ceredigion and Gwynedd registration scheme?
16.16. During your trips, do you experience interference from other vessels?

This part of the survey uses a table of questions, 

a.16.a. If yes, last year, on what percentage of trips were dolphin encounters impacted by interference from commercial boats (fishing boats, wildlife trip boats)?
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
November
December

This part of the survey uses a table of questions, 

b.16.b. If yes, last year, on what percentage of trips were dolphin encounters impacted by interference from other recreational crafts?
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
November
December
17.17. Since your first visit to Cardigan Bay, have you noticed any change in the number of bottlenose dolphin encounters during your trips?
a.17.a. Has the number
18.18. Do you know of any guideline that protects bottlenose dolphins in Cardigan Bay?
19.19. What is your gender
20.20. Do you own a property in Cardigan Bay?
21.21. What is your age?
23.23. Are you a member of an environmental group (e.g. Marine Conservation Society, Wildlife Trust, RSPB)