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Angling management organizations: integrating the recreational sector into fishery management


  • Sutinen, Jon G.
  • Johnston, Robert J.


This paper examines ways to reduce conflicts and improve the sustainability and value of marine recreational fisheries by fully integrating the recreational sector into the management of fisheries. One possibility involves a novel approach, here called angling management organizations (AMOs), which combines three of the more pervasive and promising trends in fishery management worldwide--management devolution, strengthened harvest rights, and co-management. AMOs are community-based organizations that are designed to conform to seven basic principles of integrated fishery management, which are described below. AMOs are loosely related to rights-based producer organizations in commercial fisheries, and are expected to strengthen resource stewardship, reduce enforcement and monitoring costs, alleviate management conflicts, and produce greater long-term net economic benefits in recreational fisheries. The other organizational structures considered here, including the management status quo, do not conform to all seven principles and are not expected to be as effective as AMOs.

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  • Sutinen, Jon G. & Johnston, Robert J., 2003. "Angling management organizations: integrating the recreational sector into fishery management," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 27(6), pages 471-487, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:27:y:2003:i:6:p:471-487

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    1. Kim, Hwa Nyeon & Woodward, Richard T. & Griffin, Wade L., 2005. "Transferable Rights of Recreational Fishery: An Application to Red Snapper Fishery in the Gulf of Mexico," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19261, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. Abbott, Joshua K. & Wilen, James E., 2008. "Rent Dissipation in Chartered Recreational Fishing: Inside the Black Box," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6521, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    3. Abbott, Joshua K. & Wilen, James E., 2009. "Rent dissipation and efficient rationalization in for-hire recreational fishing," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 58(3), pages 300-314, November.
    4. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations & WorldFish Center, 2008. "Small-scale capture fisheries: a global overview with emphasis on developing countries: a preliminary report of the Big Numbers Project," Working Papers, The WorldFish Center, number 37878, September.
    5. Doerpinghaus, J. & Hentrich, K. & Troup, M. & Stavrinaky, A. & Anderson, S., 2014. "An assessment of sector separation on the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper fishery," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 50(PA), pages 309-317.
    6. Daryl P. McPhee, 2017. "Urban Recreational Fisheries in the Australian Coastal Zone: The Sustainability Challenge," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(3), pages 1-12, March.
    7. John Curtis & Benjamin Breen, 2016. "Fisheries management for different angler types," Papers WP529, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
    8. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations & World Fish Center, 2008. "Small-scale Capture Fisheries : A Global Overview with Emphasis on Developing Countries," World Bank Other Operational Studies 16752, The World Bank.


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