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Measuring the Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Marine Recreational Shore Fishing in North Carolina

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  • John C. Whitehead
  • Ben Poulter
  • Christopher F. Dumas
  • Okmyung Bin

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We develop estimates of the economic effects of sea level rise on marine recreational shore fishing in North Carolina. We estimate the relationship between angler behavior and spatial differences in beach width using the Marine Recreational Fishing Statistics Survey and geospatial data. We exploit the empirical relationship between beach width and site choice by simulating the effects of (1) sea level rise on beach width and (2) beach width on angler site choice. We find that the welfare losses are potentially substantial, ranging up to a present value of $1.26 billion over 75 years. Key Words: marine recreational fishing, travel cost method, climate change, sea level rise

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Appalachian State University in its series Working Papers with number 08-09.

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Date of creation: 2008
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  1. I can only hope
    by John Whitehead in Environmental Economics on 2009-04-10 12:53:00

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