The Welfare Consequences of Recreational "Derbies": Evidence from Surveys of Recreational Anglers Public Deposited

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Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, held July 11-15, 2016 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center (AECC), Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

Suggested Bibliographic Reference: Challenging New Frontiers in the Global Seafood Sector: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 11-15, 2016. Compiled by Stefani J. Evers and Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2016.

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  • Many recreational fisheries are managed under regulated open access governed by seasonal closures and bag limits. This approach has often promoted a “race to the fish” with cascades of shorter seasons and shrinking bag limits. These restrictions may have significant effects on angler welfare by inefficiently allocating fish across anglers, worsening congestion, and constraining fishermen’s intertemporal choice set. These effects have been particularly conspicuous in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) red snapper fishery, where season lengths have fallen to weeks or even days per year. To quantify the losses from recreational open access we analyze data obtained from a two-wave Internet survey of GOM headboat anglers fishing in 2014 and 2015. The sample was derived from respondents to an onboard survey deployed on 19 vessels that participated in a pilot catch share program. We gathered recall data on fishing activities in the previous year. However, we also asked several stated preference questions.  These included a choice experiment between alternative policies: one status-quo policy in which fishermen are limited to retaining red snapper during a short summer season and another in which red snapper can be retained year-round but with higher trip costs or lower bag limits. This question is paired with contingent behavior questions that eliciting anglers’ anticipated behavior under either policy. We combine these data to estimate the implications for angler demand and welfare of transitioning from the current derby system toward a more efficient and flexible, approach – such as a catch share system for the for-hire sector.
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