A Social and Economic Characterization of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Recreational Shark Fishery

Fisher, Mark R. and Ditton, Robert B. (1993) A Social and Economic Characterization of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Recreational Shark Fishery. Marine Fisheries Review, 55(3), pp. 21-27.

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Abstract

A mail survey of tournament shark anglers and party boat shark anglers was completed to examine their fishing activity, attitudes, trip expenditures, and consumer surplus. A sample of 700 shark anglers was selected from tournaments in the Gulf of Mexico during 1990, and a sample of party boat shark anglers was drawn from Port Aransas, Tex., party boat anglers during the summer of 1991. A response rate of 58% (excluding nondeliverables) was obtained from tournament anglers. The sample of party boat shark anglers was too small to provide useful results. Tournament shark anglers reported fishing an average of 58 days per year and targeted sharks and other large marine species. Tournaments occupy a small portion of their fishing effort. If this group of anglers were not able to fish for sharks, one-third indicated no other species would be an acceptable substitute, while others were willing to substitute other large marine species. Shark trip expenditures averaged $197 per trip with a consumer surplus of $111 per trip. Based on MRFSS estimates of the number of shark fishing trips, we estimate a total of $43,355,000 was spent by shark anglers in the Gulf of Mexico with a consumer surplus of $23,865,000 for a total gross value of the shark fishery of $66,220,000. MRFSS estimates of the number of sharks landed indicate an equivalent use value of $183 per shark.

Item Type: Article
Title: A Social and Economic Characterization of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Recreational Shark Fishery
Personal Creator/Author:
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Fisher, Mark R.
Ditton, Robert B.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 55
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 21-27
Date: 1993
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9866
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 20:41
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2014 19:02
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9866

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