Charter and Party Boat Operators in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico: A Social Structure Perspective

Gill, Duane A. and Ditton, Robert B. and Holland, Stephen M. (1993) Charter and Party Boat Operators in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico: A Social Structure Perspective. Marine Fisheries Review, 55(3), pp. 16-20.

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Abstract

To better address the charter and party boat fishery needs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, fishery managers must understand the linkages between the industry and other groups and organizations that affect its success. Gulf state charter and party boat operators were interviewed to ascertain the extent of their social network linkages, membership in community organizations, business community relationships, and linkages to information sources. Approximately one-third to one-half of the charter and party boat operators did not belong to local community organizations that could assist their business through tourism promotion or natural resource protection. Despite their limited integration in the community, the vast majority of operators gave and received referrals from other businesses. Of four major information sources, the National Weather Service and the County Marine Extension agents were rated highest and lowest, respectively, in mean importance to charter and party boat operators. Results suggest that business success can be enhanced by strengthening network ties between operators and local businesses, chambers of commerce, and tourism organizations. For this to occur, individual operators and charter/party boat organizations need to become more effective in representing industry interests. Informational linkages between industry and govemment agencies also need improvement.

Item Type: Article
Title: Charter and Party Boat Operators in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico: A Social Structure Perspective
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Gill, Duane A.
Ditton, Robert B.
Holland, Stephen M.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 55
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 16-20
Date: 1993
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9865
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 20:41
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2014 19:04
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9865

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