1984 Deep sea roundup : an analysis of participants' characteristics, attitudes, and expenditures
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1984 Deep sea roundup : an analysis of participants' characteristics, attitudes, and expenditures

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    The 49th Annual Deep Sea Roundup was July 9-13, 1984 at Port Aransas, Texas and attracted 451 fishermen. This included 186 heavy-tackle, 217 light-tackle and 37 bay-surf division participants. Tournament participants were sent a mail questionnaire one week after the tournament and followed, if necessary, by a second mailing and a phone call. Fortyseven percent of the fishermen in the heavy-tackle, and 51 percent of the light-tackle and bay-surf division participants responded, resulting in a total response rate of 51 percent. Telephone interviews were conducted by a sample of 20 non-respondents. Results were used to correct survey findings for non-response bias. Most of the respondents were active male fishermen and held professional-technical positions (average age was 40 years old). The average income of the respondents was $50,000-$59,999 a year. Bay-Surf division participants generally owned smaller boats than either light or heavy-tackle respondents, and along with heavy-tackle fishermen, spent more time fishing than light-tackle respondents. The most important reasons for tournament fishing reported by respondents in all divisions were the challenge or sport, to escape from the regular routine and to relax. Total direct purchases associated with the tournament were estimated to be about $285,000 (excluding tournament fees). One hundred percent of the $8,949 spent by the 10 out-of-state respondents was spent in the Port Aransas area. Including responding effects, this expenditure resulted in a state-wide economic impact of more than $25,000. Results indicate the tournament was economically successful in that it produced substantial impacts on the local economy. Impacts on Nueces County resulting from the expenditures by the out-of-state and out-of-county participants in the Port Aransas area were considerably greater than the statewide impacts. Combined, these non-residents spent more than $285,000, resulting in an economic impact of about $333,750. The local economy realized the greatest benefits in the fuel, dining and lodging sectors. Additional impacts can be seen if one also considers that the majority of the $20,980 collected as registration fees was spent locally for entertainment, advertising and printing services.
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