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The contribution of trout fly fishing to the economy of Rhodes, North Eastern Cape, South Africa


  • Mario du Preez
  • Deborah Lee


Recent government legislation, which calls for the eradication of trout from ecosystems where they may cause harm, could damage the tourism appeal of many South African catchments. However, no South African studies have tried to quantify the economic impact of removing trout from rivers and streams. This study aimed first to value the Rhodes trout fishery, North Eastern Cape, South Africa, and second to assess whether the trout fly fishing industry in Rhodes could form the foundation for the implementation of a local economic development initiative. Overall, the study found that the trout fishing industry directly generates approximately R5 658 240 per annum, and sustains a minimum of 39 direct job opportunities for the community of Rhodes, and can therefore provide the impetus for the creation of a tourism-based local economic development programme.

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  • Mario du Preez & Deborah Lee, 2010. "The contribution of trout fly fishing to the economy of Rhodes, North Eastern Cape, South Africa," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(2), pages 241-253.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:27:y:2010:i:2:p:241-253
    DOI: 10.1080/03768351003740654

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