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Understanding involved fishermen : a survey of members of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association
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    Texas A & M University, Sea Grant College Program, ; National Sea Grant Program (U.S.) ; Gulf Coast Conservation Association
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    The Gulf Coast Conservation Association is a group of about 10,000 individuals concentrated in Texas, but with members in other Gulf States. They have concerned themselves with fishery conservation issues in general and in protecting the interests of recreational fishermen in particular. This report is based on a mail survey of 559 randomly selected members in the Houston-Galveston area. A total of 392 members responded (70 percent) and a non-response check was made. The majority of the respondents were male, middle-aged fishermen who held professional-technical occupations with family incomes over $40,000 per year. Virtually all were active fishermen who fished an average of 37 days a year. They participated in a variety of types of fishing: 86 percent fished from a boat in the coastal bays, 75 percent engaged in shore fishing, 55 percent fished freshwater and 48 percent went boat fishing in the Gulf. The most sought after fish were speckled trout, redfish, flounder, largemouth bass and king mackerel, respectively. Two-thirds of the respondents specialized in speckled trout fishing. When asked their reasons for fishing, members reported "the opportunity to escape the daily routine by relaxing outdoors and "to seek the challenge and sport of fishing" were paramount. Members exhibited a pattern of enhanced involvement in fishing through magazines, club membership, tournament participation, boat ownership and higher self-reported skill and catch levels. ln addition, a majority supported a variety of fishery conservation options, even if it required self-sacrifice in the form of reduced catch or increased fees.

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    Funding: NOAA Office of Sea Grant; grant number: NA81AA-D-00092.;
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