Valuation of recreational fisheries in the north-east United States.
Striped bass: a case study
As fishery resources in the north-eastern USA decline, allocation of
resources between commercial and recreational fishermen is becoming increasingly
contentious. To estimate the value of recreational fishing in the north-east,
approximately 8000 anglers from Maine to Virginia were subject to a two-part
survey (at the fishing site and in a follow-up telephone interview) in
1994 in conjunction with the US Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics
Survey. Using striped bass as a case study, contingent valuation, travel
cost and random utility models are estimated, and the impacts of changes
in bag limits and catch rates are analysed for management purposes. The
study illustrates the simplicity and utility of adding a limited number
of socio-economic questions to an existing national recreational survey.
Gautam, A. and S. Steinback. 1998. “Valuation of recreational
fisheries in the north-east United States. Striped bass:
a case study." Ch
23 in: Recreational Fisheries: Social, Economic and Management
Aspects, P. Hickley and H. Tompkins, eds. Fishing
News Books, Oxford.
For more information, please contact: Scott.Steinback@noaa.gov