Recreational Fisheries in the U.S.: Selected Reports on Policy, Economics and Data Collection


Ellen K. Parker (Editor)

Series: Fish, Fishing and Fisheries
BISAC: SPO014000

Recreational fishing is a traditional American pastime integral to social, cultural, and economic life in coastal communities across the nation. This time-honored activity allows millions access to America’s great outdoors each year, while generating billions of dollars in economic activity. Traditionally shaped by commercial forces, demographic, market, and ecological shifts are changing the nature of U.S. fisheries. Our nation’s expansive coastal and ocean resources face increasing pressure as coastal populations grow, and more people pursue recreational opportunities in ecologically important marine and estuarine areas. The purpose of this book is to provide guidance for Agency consideration in its deliberations pertaining to development and maintenance of enduring and sustainable high quality saltwater recreational fisheries. This policy identifies goals and guiding principles to be integrated into NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) planning, budgeting, decision-making, and activities, and includes examples of implementation concepts and strategies supported by NMFS. Moreover, this book provides a detailed overview of the operating structure of the “average” Northeast for-hire head boat and charter boat, and estimates the economic activity that for-hire businesses contribute to the Northeast’s economy as measured by total employment, labor income, and sales. Lastly, this book examines challenges that have been identified with the NMFS’ data collection efforts for managing marine recreational fisheries and steps the agency has taken to improve data collection and challenges that remain. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy 2015
National Marine Fisheries Service

Chapter 2. National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Implementation Plan 2015-2018
National Marine Fisheries Service

Chapter 3. Recreational Fisheries Year in Review 2012
National Marine Fisheries Service

Chapter 4. The Economics of the Recreational For-hire Fishing Industry in the Northeast United States 2nd Edition
Scott Steinback and Ayeisha Brinson

Chapter 5. Recreational Fisheries Management: The National Marine Fisheries Service Should Develop a Comprehensive Strategy to Guide Its Data Collection Efforts
United States Government Accountability Office


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