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Economic impact of marine recreational fishing in Massachusetts

Economic impact of marine recreational fishing in Massachusetts

North American Journal of Fisheries Management 13(4): 698-708

A sample of 2,125 recreational marine anglers in Massachusetts in 1988 provided expense data. For trip-related expenses, average expenditures per day fished were calculated for residents and nonresidents. For non-trip-related expenses, average annual expenditures per participant were calculated for the two residence categories. Averages from the sample were expanded to population total expenditure estimates by using National Marine Fisheries Service estimates of days fished and number of participants. Translators that allocated expenditures among different economic sectors were also estimated. The Regional Science Research Institute's PC I-O model was used to conduct an input-output analysis. The estimated US 92.7 million spent directly by nonresidents in 1988 resulted ultimately in nearly 3,300 jobs, 44.7 million in income, 3.6 million in state tax revenues, and 5.1 million in local tax revenues. Unless these nonresidents visited the state and spent the same money on other pursuits, the jobs, incomes, and tax receipts would be lost if marine recreational fishing were suddenly to become unavailable in Massachusetts. Direct expenditures by residents totaled 545 million in 1988 and provided over 16,000 jobs, 246.2 million in income, 19.9 million in state tax receipts, and 28.6 million in local tax receipts. Loss of marine recreational fishing activity would lead to reduction in size of industries serving these anglers and at least temporary unemployment of that workforce before it switched to other activities. The results, directly applicable to 1988, can provide a basis for estimates for other years as well when used in conjunction with various updating procedures.

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DOI: 10.1577/1548-8675(1993)013<0698:EIOMRF>2.3.CO;2

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