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Fish harvest tags: An alternative management approach for recreational fisheries in the US Gulf of Mexico


  • Johnston, Robert J.
  • Holland, Daniel S.
  • Maharaj, Vishwanie
  • Campson, Tammy Warner


This paper explores the potential adaptation of harvest tags to the Gulf of Mexico recreational reef fish fishery. The discussion addresses conceptual, theoretical, and practical issues surrounding the application of harvest tags, as well as challenges and opportunities related to the design of tag programs. A review of hunting and fishing tag programs around the world and analysis of Gulf recreational fisheries suggests that tags have the potential to improve control over total catches, increase economic benefits and provide better information for fishery management. Results also provide insight into potential use of fish tags in large-scale recreational fisheries nationwide.

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  • Johnston, Robert J. & Holland, Daniel S. & Maharaj, Vishwanie & Campson, Tammy Warner, 2007. "Fish harvest tags: An alternative management approach for recreational fisheries in the US Gulf of Mexico," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 505-516, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:31:y:2007:i:4:p:505-516

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    1. 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).
    2. 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.
    3. 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.


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