Cost and Earnings in the Alaska Saltwater Sport Fishing Charter Sector Public Deposited

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  • The Alaska recreational charter boat sector has undergone significant change in recent years due in part to several regulatory changes in the management of the Pacific halibut sport fishery, including a limited entry program, harvest controls specific to the charter sector, and a Catch Sharing Plan (CSP) implemented during 2014. In the face of these regulatory changes, the number of active charter businesses declined from over 1,000 in the mid-2000s to less than 600 in recent years. To understand the economic conditions of this sector prior to implementation of the CSP, a survey was undertaken to collect costs, earnings, and employment information from charter businesses. Sample data for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 fishing seasons were used to generate population-level estimates of fixed and variable costs, fishing and non-fishing revenues, and offshore and onshore employment. These estimates are adjusted to reflect missing data using sample weighting and nearest neighbor data imputation approaches. The adjusted population-level results suggest that in 2011 the Alaska saltwater sport fishing charter sector as a whole operated at a loss, but in 2012 and 2013, as the population of charter businesses shrank, the sector yielded an overall profit. Overall, the 3-year period saw slight changes in employment and spending patterns by charter businesses that remained in the fishery, including a shift to using proportionately more part-time employees for on-shore work and decreasing the amount spent on charter trip expenses and cash investments in vehicles, machinery, equipment, buildings and real estate.
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  • Lew, Daniel K., Gabriel S. Sampson, Amber Himes-Cornell, and Jean Lee. 2015. Cost and Earnings in the Alaska Saltwater Sport Fishing Charter Sector. In: Proceedings of the Eighth Biennial Forum of the North American Association of Fisheries Economists, May 20-22, 2015, Ketchikan, Alaska: Economic Sustainability, Fishing Communities and Working Waterfronts. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver and Melissa Errend. North American Association of Fisheries Economists, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2015.
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