The Dynamics of Recreational Angling in Namibia Public Deposited

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  • In Namibia, the linefish sector is in principle exploited by two sectors: recreational anglers and commercial rightholders. Recreation angling, in the broad Namibian context, is made up of two categories of fishing activities; that which is exerted for the purpose of pleasure or as a sporting activity (recreational anglers), and that which is exerted in order to sustain food supply (subsistence anglers). The annual recreational survey is conducted with the aim of determining the extent of recreational angling, which mainly includes obtaining data on the amount of effort applied to the resource and the subsequent level of catches, and the economic and financial factors, including government revenue, collected through this industry, Furthermore, the collection of data was based on the travel cost method. The commercial line fish operators are not subject to a quota system but they are restricted in terms of the number of boats that may be licensed, and the recreational anglers are subject to daily bag limits. while both sectors are subject to closed areas. During comparison of the 2003 and 2001 survey results, however, it also became clear that there was no significant variation in the results, which made it easier to estimate average indicators such as fishing days and fish caught per day. Furthermore, while one bears in mind that December is usually a peak season with the highest record of permits issued during that time, one cannot ignore the catch capabilities of these fishermen and the potential effects on a resource that is also commercially exploited. Survey results for 2003 indicate that anglers catch approximately between four and five fish per day resulting in an estimated 534,336 fish and 402,720 fish caught by 50,556 and and 43,981 shore anglers in 2003 and 2002 respectively. In addition, direct angler expenditure was estimated ot may have amounted to N$380.8 million in 2003.
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  • Steenkamp, Zurilea, Wilbard Nashandi. 2004. The Dynamics of Recreational Angling in Namibia. Peer Review: No. In: Proceedings of the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 20-30, 2004, Tokyo, Japan: What are Responsible Fisheries? Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2004. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-0-7
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