Constraints on recreational fishing participation in Queensland, Australia

Sutton, Stephen G. (2007) Constraints on recreational fishing participation in Queensland, Australia. Fisheries, 32 (2). pp. 73-83.

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In response to a sharp decline in recreational fishing participation in Queensland, Australia, I sought to identify constraints experienced by fishers in Queensland and understand how demographic variables, fishing participation variables, and fishing motivations influence the amount and type of constraints experienced. In a survey of Queensland recreational fishers, 70% reported experiencing constraints-predominantly lack of time, crowding, unavailability of facilities, and costs associated with fishing. Fishers with higher incomes, fishers with higher centrality of fishing to lifestyle, fishers who placed higher importance on motivations related to catching fish and relaxation, and fishers who were male were more likely to experience constraints. With the exception of gender, variables found to have a significant effect on the presence of constraints also had a significant influence on the types of constraints experienced. Results provide insight into factors affecting recreational fishing participation in Queensland; however, additional research-particularly with recent fishing drop-outs-is needed to fully understand recent declines in fishing participation.

Item ID: 2203
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1548-8446
Keywords: recreational fishing; human dimensions; natural resources; leisure studies
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