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Anglers' beliefs about tag-and-release programsAuthor(s): Maureen P. Donnelly; Jerry J. Vaske
Source: In: Vander Stoep, Gail A., ed. 1992. Proceedings of the 1991 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 1991 April 7-9; Saratoga Springs, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-160. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 129-133.
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DescriptionScientific research and the popular literature have emphasized the biological value of tag-and-release fishing. Relatively few publications, however, have examined the anglers' beliefs about the importance of this activity. This paper summarizes sport fishermen's behavior and attitudes related to tag-and-release programs. The data were collected from three sport fishing forums, a shark tournament, and a mailed survey to offshore marlin and tuna anglers. Almost all participants believed that tag-and-release fishing is important for conservation and research. The primary reasons for not participating were lack of knowledge about existing programs and who to contact, not wanting to be bothered with tagging, and concern about how the data are used. The findings suggested that education and incentives may significantly increase participation in tag-and-release programs.
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CitationIn: Vander Stoep, Gail A., ed. 1992. Proceedings of the 1991 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 1991 April 7-9; Saratoga Springs, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-160. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. p.129-133.
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