Substitution in recreational fishing
Fisheries managers need to measure participation rates and patterns to
understand how anglers will respond to management actions and to changes
in the recreational landscape. Understanding substitution in recreational
fishing is an important component of gauging anglers’ behavioral
response to these changes. Substitution has implications for license sales
if anglers switch to different activities, stock impacts if anglers switch
to different species, and crowding if anglers switch locations. In this
chapter, current methodologies used by social psychologists and economists
to measure activity substitution, target species substitution, and site
substitution are discussed. Each disciplinary approach reviews several
studies that directly or indirectly examined angler substitution giving
the reader the background necessary for more in depth examination of substitution.
Finally, both disciplinary approaches are compared and contrasted with
an eye towards integrating substitution research across the two disciplines.
Gentner, B. and S. Sutton. In press. “Substitution
in recreational fishing.” In: Global Challenges in Recreational
Fisheries. Øystein Aas, editor. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
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