Since 1979, the United States has been collecting data on marine recreational angling with the Marine Recreational
Fisheries Statistical Survey (MRFSS). To enable the estimation of travel cost models of recreational demand the base
MRFSS survey has been amended to include necessary data elements. Additionally, data is collected that will enable the
estimation of economic impact models. In this paper, the economic surveying strategy of the United States for marine
recreational angling is presented. The discussion will focus on the key data elements we have identified for both valuation
and economic impact modeling.
Gentner, B., R.L. Hicks and D. Van Voorhees. Economic Data Collection for Marine Recreational Angling: The U.S. Approach. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults:Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute ofFisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. InternationalInstitute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.