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Fishermen survey in the mail

Posted: Monday, October 02, 2006

If you bought a fishing license last year, there’s a chance you’ll soon discover a pair of National Marine Fisheries Service surveys have arrived in the mail.

One, the “Saltwater Sport Fishing Expenditure Survey,” is a multi-state effort among coastal states meant to determine how much saltwater anglers are contributing to local and national economies, and how sport angling supports local jobs, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

This survey is to be sent to randomly selected anglers, both resident and non-resident, who bought sportfishing licenses in 2006. Recipients will be asked to estimate how much they spent per trip, and how much they spent during the year.

The survey will also ask about basic fishing activities, such as whether anglers fished from shore or from boats, whether they used their own or rented cars, and other economic questions.

The other survey, the “Alaska Saltwater Sport Fishing Survey,” will examine factors affecting the number of marine recreational fishing trips taken in Alaska.

It will also help provide state and federal policymakers with accurate information about the economic value of Alaska’s saltwater sport fisheries, and the economic impacts of potential changes in regulations, the department said. This survey also will go to randomly chosen anglers.

Responses to both will be kept strictly confidential, the department said.

“If you receive the survey, please fill it out as completely as possible,” said Fish and Game Commissioner Mckie Campbell. “This information will help provide an accurate picture of the economic value of sport fishing to Alaska and to the nation as a whole.”

For more information about the national survey, contact Brad Gentner at (301) 713-2328, ext. 215 or e-mail Brad.Gentner @noaa.gov.

For more information about the Alaska survey, contact Dan Lew at (206) 526-4252 or e-mail Dan.Lew@noaa.gov.



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