Description of economic data collected with a random sample of commercial reef fish boats in the Florida Keys

Waters, James R. and Rhodes, Raymond J. and Wiggers, Robert (2001) Description of economic data collected with a random sample of commercial reef fish boats in the Florida Keys. Seattle, WA, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, (NOAA Technical Report NMFS, 154)

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Abstract

This study summarizes the results of a survey designed to provide economic information about the financial status of commercial reef fish boats with homeports in the Florida Keys. A survey questionnaire was administered in the summer and fall of 1994 by interviewers in face-to-face meetings with owners or operators of randomly selected boats. Fishermen were asked for background information about themselves and their boats, their capital investments in boats and equipment, and about their average catches, revenues, and costs per trip for their two most important kinds of fishing trips during 1993 for species in the reef fish fishery. Respondents were characterized with regard to their dependence on the reef fish fishery as a source of household income. Boats were described in terms of their physical and financial characteristics. Different kinds of fishing trips were identified by the species that generated the greatest revenue. Trips were grouped into the following categories: yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus); mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis), black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci), or red grouper (Epinephelus morio); gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus); deeper water groupers and tilefishes; greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili); spiny lobster (Panulirus argus); king mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla); and dolphin (Coryphaena hippurus). Average catches, revenues, routine trip costs, and net operating revenues per boat per trip and per boat per year were estimated for each category of fishing trips. In addition to its descriptive value, data collected during this study will aid in future examinations of the economic effects of various regulations on commercial reef fish fishermen.(PDF file contains 48 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Description of economic data collected with a random sample of commercial reef fish boats in the Florida Keys
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Waters, James R.
Rhodes, Raymond J.
Wiggers, Robert
Series Name: NOAA Technical Report NMFS
Number: 154
Date: 2001
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
Place of Publication: Seattle, WA
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Ecology
Management
Fisheries
Item ID: 2502
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2009 18:21
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:58
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2502

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