Citizen Preferences for Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management: The Case of Atlantic Menhaden
Jane L. Harrison,
Alexandra Naumenko and
John Whitehead ()
No 18-10, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University
We conducted an internet survey with an opt-in panel of over 2000 respondents from Atlantic Coast states. Respondents were placed in hypothetical situations in which they voted on increased menhaden fishery quotas with varying changes in ecosystem impacts. The motivation for the vote was to better inform the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission about the opinions of the general public in the region. We found that increases in ex-vessel price increased the probability that a respondent would vote in favor of a quota increase. After accounting for both stated and inferred attribute non-attendance we found that increases in menhaden quotas and commercial fishing jobs increased the probability that a respondent would vote in favor of a quota increase. Increased quotas that make water quality worse and negatively affect game fish and shore bird populations led to a decrease in the probability of a vote for increased quotas. Key Words:
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