Economic Impacts of Recreational Boat Fishing in the Houston-Galveston Area of the Texas Coast




Ditton RB; Graefe AR; Lapotka G

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The saltwater fishing patterns and economic impacts generated by recreational boat fishermen in the Houston-Galveston area of the Texas coast were investigated. Data were obtained through a mail survey of registered boat owners residing in an eight-county area surrounding Galveston Bay. About 31 percent of the boats in the study area were used for salt-water fishing in Galveston Bay or adjacent offshore waters during 1978. Saltwater boat fishermen spend more than 31 million dollars for their fishing trips in 1978, with bay fishermen spending $26,460,000 and offshore fishermen spending $5,046,000. Non-local bay fishermen spend $7,439,000 in bayshore communities and non-local offshore fishermen spend $1,970,000 in coastal communities. The economic impact of saltwater boat fishing trips in the region was $79,751,000. Since this study does not present the total economic influence of saltwater boat fishing in the study region, some factors which should be considered when assessing the values and benefits of saltwater boat fishing are dicussed




91L Urban & Regional Technology & Development: Recreation;96A Business & Economics: Domestic Commerce,Marketing & Economics;Boats;Cost estimates;Data;Economic impact;Expenditures;Fishing;Galveston;Galveston bay;Houston;Impact;National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;Parks;Recreation;Sea Grant Program;Surveys;Texas;United States;Water;