Assessing the role of recreation specialization in fishing site substitution

Oh, Chi-Ok, Sutton, Stephen G., and Sorice, Michael G. (2013) Assessing the role of recreation specialization in fishing site substitution. Leisure Sciences, 35 (3). pp. 256-272.

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Recreation specialization and site substitution are two distinct lines of research for understanding recreationists' choices and behaviors. Although theoretically linked by a number of concepts, few studies have explored the predictive relationships from a developmental perspective. Using cross-sectional data from a statewide survey of Texas anglers, this article examined a model in which an angler's site substitution decision is a function of experience preferences, consumptive orientation, and place attachment. It was hypothesized that recreation specialization was indirectly related to site substitution via these concepts. Results supported the notion that as specialization increases, recreationists become place specialists, and agree with the proposition that dependency on a specific resource or site increases as specialization increases. Understanding theoretical and empirical linkages between specialization and site substitution will provide a basis for incorporating information about recreationists and their substitution decisions to provide more meaningful management implications across different situations.

Item ID: 28710
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0588
Keywords: natural resource management, place attachment, recreational fishing, recreation specialization, site substitution
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2013 05:31
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070499 Fisheries Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830201 Fisheries Recreational @ 100%
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