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Enjoying Catch and Fishing Effort: The Effort Effect in Recreational Fisheries

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Recreational fishermen derive utility from catch and fishing effort. Building our analysis on the Gordon-Clark model for renewable resources, we show that a lower importance of catch may result in higher catches. While this effect also holds under first-best management, it may destabilize open-access recreational fisheries to the point of stock collapse. Technical progress in recreational fisheries may mask such dynamics as it enables unaltered angler behavior and constant catches during stock declines. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

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  • Max Stoeven, 2014. "Enjoying Catch and Fishing Effort: The Effort Effect in Recreational Fisheries," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 57(3), pages 393-404, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:57:y:2014:i:3:p:393-404
    DOI: 10.1007/s10640-013-9685-4
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    1. McConnell, Kenneth E. & Sutinen, Jon G., 1979. "Bioeconomic models of marine recreational fishing," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 6(2), pages 127-139, June.
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    Keywords

    Recreational fishing; Angling; Importance of catch ; Collapse; Overfishing; Q22; Q26;

    JEL classification:

    • Q22 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Fishery
    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources

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