Fisher, Mark R. and Ditton, Robert B.
A Social and Economic Characterization of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Recreational Shark Fishery.
Marine Fisheries Review, 55(3),
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.
||A Social and Economic Characterization of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Recreational Shark Fishery
|Fisher, Mark R. |
|Ditton, Robert B. |
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||Marine Fisheries Review
||United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Patti M. Marraro
||16 Aug 2012 20:41
||02 Jan 2014 19:02
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