Characteristics of Billfish Anglers in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean

Fisher, Mark R. and Ditton, Robert B. (1992) Characteristics of Billfish Anglers in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. Marine Fisheries Review, 54(1), pp. 1-6.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Title: Characteristics of Billfish Anglers in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean
Personal Creator/Author:
Fisher, Mark R.
Ditton, Robert B.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 54
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 1-6
Date: 1992
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 9898
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2012 12:36
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2014 19:06

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