Fisher, Mark R. and Ditton, Robert B.
Characteristics of Billfish Anglers in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean.
Marine Fisheries Review, 54(1),
A mail survey of 1,984 U.S. billfish tournament anglers was completed to examine their fishing activity, attitudes, trip expenditures, consumer's surplus, catch levels, and management preferences. A sample of 1,984 anglers was drawn from billfish tournaments in the western Atlantic Ocean (from Maine to Texas, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) during 1989. A response rate of 61% was obtained (excluding nondeliverables). Anglers averaged 13 billfish trips per year, catching a billfish 40% of the time while 89% of billfish caught were released with <1 billfish per year per angler retained. Catch and retention rates varied by region. Expenditures averaged $1,600 per trip, but varied by region. The annual consumer's surplus was $262 per angler, but increased to $448 per angler if billfish populations were to increase. An estimated 7,915 tournament anglers in the U.S. western Atlantic spent $179,425,000 in pursuit of billfish in 1989. Anglers opposed management options that would diminish their ability to catch a billfish, but supported options limiting the number of billfish landed.
||Characteristics of Billfish Anglers in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean
|Fisher, Mark R. |
|Ditton, Robert B. |
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||Marine Fisheries Review
||United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Patti M. Marraro
||20 Aug 2012 12:36
||02 Jan 2014 19:06
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