Days of Fishing


Total Days, Residents and Nonresidents

Days by State Residents

Days by Nonresidents




Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent


758

100

530

70

229a

30a

23,077

100

19,553

85

3,524

15

2,975

100

2,541

85

433a

15a

590a

100a

573a

*97a

15,143

100

14,380

95

762

5


etc.), fishing area (state waters, federal waters, inshore, etc.), type of catch (caught and released, used for bait, kept), and by weight or numbers. The statistics do not include any data from Texas, because they have elected not to participate.

Systematic data are generally not available for other forms of outdoor recreation not covered by the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation and the Marine Recreational Information Program. There are, however, some other studies that are conducted for specified regions and/or activities (see Fesenmaier et al., 1989; Gillig et al., 2000, Scott and Associates, 2004; NOEP, 2006).

A recent report prepared for the Louisiana Office of Tourism attempts to quantify the impact of the oil spill on tourism in that state (Tourism Economics, 2010). They report that visits to state parks were down 5 percent in the second quarter of 2010 versus the second quarter of 2009. Second, and more telling of the impact of the spill, is that fishing license revenue was down by 45 percent versus the same period the year before. Much of this downturn can be correlated to fishing closures that were instituted as a result of the oil spill.

SUMMARY

This chapter provides a preliminary discussion for identifying and describing the appropriate methods and types of information available to approximate baselines, and for distinguishing effects on ecosystem services specific to the spill. As a starting point, the committee utilized a list of



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