The U.S. Gulf of Mexico Charter Boat Industry: Activity Centers, Species Targeted, and Fisheries Management Opinions

Holland, Stephen M. and Ditton, Robert B. and Gill, Duane A. (1992) The U.S. Gulf of Mexico Charter Boat Industry: Activity Centers, Species Targeted, and Fisheries Management Opinions. Marine Fisheries Review, 54(2), pp. 21-27.

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Abstract

The charter boat industry in U. S. Gulf of Mexico provides access to offshore fishing opportunities for about 570,000 passengers per year on 971 boats. A 25% random sample of charter boat operators was interviewed during 1987-88 to determine species targeted, percent time committed to targeting each species, and reactions to existing catch restrictions. Three-fourths of the charter boat fleet was in Florida, 13% in Texas, 5% in Louisiana, 4% in Alabama, and 2% in Mississippi. Responses were diverse regarding species focus within the region. Species of dominant importance included groupers, Epinephelus sp. and Mycteroperca sp. (Fla.); snapper, Lutjanus campechanus (Ala., Fla., Miss., and La.); king mackerel, Scomberomorus cavalla (Miss., Tex., Ala. and Fla.); spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus (Tex. and La.); and red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus (Tex. and La). Catch restrictions were generally supported with higher levels of opposition to restricted high effort fish and/or one fish or closed fishery limits.

Item Type: Article
Title: The U.S. Gulf of Mexico Charter Boat Industry: Activity Centers, Species Targeted, and Fisheries Management Opinions
Personal Creator/Author:
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Holland, Stephen M.
Ditton, Robert B.
Gill, Duane A.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 54
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 21-27
Date: 1992
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9897
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2012 12:36
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2014 19:07
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9897

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