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Monday, January 25 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Demand For Fishery Regulations: Effects of Angler Heterogeneity and Catch Improvements on Preferences For Gear and Harvest Restrictions

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AUTHORS: Scott Knoche*, Morgan State University; Frank Lupi, Michigan State University

ABSTRACT: Allocating limited funds across competing management actions to generate the fisheries improvements most desired by anglers requires in-depth knowledge of angler preferences for aspects of the fishing experience. Characterizing angler preferences in terms of a probability distribution, rather than simply a population mean, provides fisheries managers with deep insights into how preferences vary across the population of anglers. This is particularly important with respect to fishing regulations, for which anglers may have strong yet diverse preferences. To examine angler preferences and how these preferences vary across the population of trout anglers, we estimate a mixed logit model of trout fishing site choice using data from a mail and internet administered choice experiment of Michigan trout anglers (response rate – 44.6%). We find that, even though on average trout anglers do not prefer fishing at sites with the most strict fishing regulations (Catch and Release Only and Artificial Flies Only; p

Monday January 25, 2016 3:20pm - 3:40pm EST
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