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The value of the trout fishery at Rhodes, North Eastern Cape, South Africa: a travel cost analysis using count data models


  • Mario du Preez
  • Stephen Hosking


Recent government legislation in South Africa (the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, No.10 of 2004) calls for the removal of trout from ecosystems and habitats where they may cause harm. The elimination of trout would, however, undermine the tourism appeal of many upper catchments in South Africa to recreational fishers. This paper reports the first formal recreational valuation of a trout fishery in South Africa - the one in and around Rhodes village, North Eastern Cape. The valuation is carried out by applying the individual travel cost method using several count data models. The zero truncated negative binomial model which allows for the non-negative integer nature of the trip data, for truncation as well as for over-dispersion, found that the consumer surplus per day and per trip to the Rhodes trout fishery was ZAR2 668 (US$334) and ZAR13,072 (US$1634), respectively in the year 2007, and the total consumer surplus generated was ZAR18,026,288 (US$2 253,286).

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  • Mario du Preez & Stephen Hosking, 2011. "The value of the trout fishery at Rhodes, North Eastern Cape, South Africa: a travel cost analysis using count data models," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 54(2), pages 267-282.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:54:y:2011:i:2:p:267-282
    DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2010.505837

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    1. Roberto Martinez-Espineira & Joe Amoako-Tuffour, 2008. "Multi-destination and multi-purpose trip effects in the analysis of the demand for trips to a remote recreational site," EERI Research Paper Series EERI_RP_2008_19, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.
    2. Frank A. Ward & Diana Beal, 2000. "Valuing Nature with Travel Cost Models," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 1768, April.
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    1. John Curtis & Benjamin Breen, 2016. "Fisheries management for different angler types," Papers WP529, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).


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