Recreational fisheries values, decision-making & negotiation
Recreational fishers are significant players in the sustainable management and use of New Zealand’s marine and freshwater resources.
The fisheries also play an important role in the health and well being of New Zealanders and provide significant monetary returns to related businesses.
This project has three current main objectives:
i) modelling of freshwater recreational fishers decision-making,
ii) understanding the processes of negotiation that take place within families to enable recreational fisheries activities to occur, and
iii) understanding recreational fish use (passive or active) and value.
Current specific project foci
Modelling freshwater recreational decision-making
Key researchers – Stephen Beville (PhD Candidate), Dr Ken Hughey, Dr Geof Kerr
This research is centred on employing discrete choice methods to investigate how angler’s fishery site choices are affected by factors such as Didymo infestation, riparian margin erosion due to stock, changes in water visibility, angler congestion, fish size, catch rates, bag limits, travel times and cost. There is particular interest in linking recreational specialisation theory to choice methods in order to test some of theoretical assertions of recreational specialisation theory in addition to illustrating how extensions to the Random Parameters Logit model may be used to improve understanding of angler behaviour.
Negotiating fisheries practice
Key researchers – Bob Gidlow, Dr Grant Cushman, Dr Ken Hughey, Stephen Beville (PhD candidate)
This primarily SPARC funded project (Gidlow and Cushman) focuses on the processes of negotiation that take place within families to enable recreational fisheries activities. It draws on a gender-based analysis in considering the social constructions and performances that enable recreational fishing. A second non-funded strand involves the negotiation of tensions and conflicts between commercial, guided operations and non-commercial recreational fishers.
Understanding recreational fish use and value
Key researchers – Dr Geoff Kerr, Dr Ken Hughey, Dr , Dr Hamish Rennie, Jill Thomson (Eclectic Energy), Dr Bob Ditton (Texas A&M University)
This research takes two main forms, the assessment of the value of recreational fisheries and the understanding of marine recreational fishery uses and value. The former addresses primarily the economic value of known freshwater fisheries. The latter has focused initially on characterising and understanding the charter boat tourism industry and its spatial distribution and operation.