Estimated net economic benefits to visitors of selected Columbia River fish hatcheries Public Deposited

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  • This research has addressed an area of outdoor recreation economics which presents difficulties in estimation of demand and valuation. The focus was on visitors to three Columbia River fish hatcheries, and the net benefits realized from partaking in the recreational/educational experience which fish hatcheries offer. Three characteristics of the recreation which serve to illuminate these difficulties are: (1) a homogeneous (for all intents and purposes) quantity of recreation consumed per visit; (2) absence of on-site costs (or other price proxy), by means of which consumptive decisions are generally made; and (3) a rather concentrated geographic distribution of visitors. Two of the foremost methodologies used in outdoor recreation economics were examined in the context of this situation, and a model was formulated for analysis of the problem. Demand and net benefits estimates were derived, subject to the limitations of the analysis. Of at least equal importance, too, is the identification of limitations and problem areas which this particular type of outdoor recreation poses for existing methodologies. For main reason visitors to Bonneville hatchery in 1974, benefits per visitor ranged from $1.19 to $2.73 per person; total benefits to society, which were estimated by extrapolation from the sample to the population of all visitors to Bonneville in 1974, were estimated to range from $251,000 to $577,000. Incidental visitors to Bonneville hatchery were estimated to have received roughly $185,000, or $0.58 per visitor. Main reason visitors to Spring Creek hatchery, it was estimated, received total net benefits of approximately $48,000, or roughly $11.30 per visitor. Incidental visitors to Spring Creek received net benefits of about $5,600, or $0.61 per person. In addition, net benefits per visitor at Kalama Falls hatchery were roughly $0.69 for each of the 6,190 visitors, or a total of nearly $4,300.
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