Explaining Public Support for Fisheries Management Alternatives
North American Journal of Fisheries Management
Angler preferences for fisheries management alternatives were evaluated with probit and ordered probit regression techniques. The information provided by these models was sufficient to identify angler characteristics that influence support for various management alternatives. Older anglers preferred regulations that are uniform across reservoirs, whereas more highly educated and active anglers preferred individual reservoir regulations. More active anglers favored implementation of publicly popular regulations, even if the management agency believes the regulations to be nonbeneficial. Members of fishing clubs did not favor implementing popular regulations over agency objections. Educational level, club membership, and income were correlated with angler perceptions of regulatory complexity. These results suggest that agencies may engage in activities designed to efficiently target informational material to particular segments of the angling population.
Jakus, Paul M., J. Mark Fly, and J. Larry Wilson. 1996. “Explaining Public Support for Fisheries Management Alternatives.” North American J. of Fisheries Management, 16:41-48.