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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 4178
Title: Untangling the Recreational Value of Wild and Hatchery Salmon
Author: Leif E. Anderson, S. T. Lee
Publication Year: 2013
Journal: Marine Resource Economics
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Pages: 175-197
Keywords: discrete choice experiment,Pacific salmon,recreational fishing,hatcheries

Many Pacific salmon populations have declined to levels that have prompted their listing under the Endangered Species Act. In order to protect these populations and provide harvest opportunities for recreational anglers, the fishery is often managed with separate regulations for wild and hatchery salmon. This article examines how the value of recreational fishing is affected by changes in wild and hatchery salmon regulations and catch rates in the Northwest region of the US. Using a discrete choice experiment, we estimate saltwater fishing trip preferences. We integrate the estimated preferences with auxiliary creel data in order to conduct simulations of willingness to pay that vary in bag limits and catch rates, conditioning on current fishery conditions. We find statistically significant differences between the recreational values for wild and hatchery salmon, and our simulations highlight the fact that these differences depend on baseline levels of catch rates and bag limits.

Theme: Recovery, Rebuilding and Sustainability of Marine and Anadromous Species
Foci: Describe the relationship among human activities and species stock status, recovery, rebuilding and sustainability.
Investigate ecological and socio-economic effects of alternative management strategies or governance structures.