Elite Research Scholarships

Topics in the Economics of Recreational Fishing

Topics in the Economics of Recreational Fishing

Despite the significant role of recreational fishing activity in shaping biological, economic and social outcomes in many wild catch fisheries, relatively little is known about the key economic, social, cultural and psychological drivers of recreational fisher behaviour or of the link between recreational fishing activity and welfare.  Increasing pressure on fish resources caused by ongoing climate-induced changes will heighten the tension between commercial, conservation and recreational sectors, further highlighting the importance of transparent and parsimonious resource allocation processes, and of the need for a sound understanding of the economic behaviour of recreational fishers.  This project will contribute to the research agenda in this area through the exploration of recreational fisher choice and welfare.   The research will involve a strong case study component, requiring the development and implementation of surveys, and econometric modeling.

This research project is part of the FRDC Building Capability in Fisheries Economics Graduate Research Training program.  Candidates enrolled under this initiative will have access to a broad range of internationally recognized fisheries economics expertise and to specialized fisheries economics courses. Prospective candidates may submit alternative research proposals.  Approved research projects must fall within one of the FRDC Graduate Research Training Themes and be approved by the Steering Committee.

More Information: School of Economics and Finance
Contact: Dr Sarah Jennings
Sarah.Jennings@utas.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 6226 2828