Measuring the Economic Effects of Sea Level Rise On Shore Fishing

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John Whitehead Ph.D., Professor & Department Chair (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: In this paper we develop estimates of the economic effects of sea level rise on marine recreational shore fishing in North Carolina, USA. The relationship between angler behavior and spatial differences in beach width is estimated using the Marine Recreational Fishing Statistics Survey and geospatial data. We exploit the empirical relationship between beach width and fishing site choice by simulating the effects of sea level rise on angler site choice. We find that reductions in beach width negatively affect the quality and number of fishing trips even as anglers adapt by using piers and bridges. Welfare losses are potentially substantial, ranging up 39% of the total value of marine shore fishing in North Carolina.

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Whitehead, John C., Ben Poulter, Okmyung Bin and Christopher F. Dumas. (2009). Measuring the Economic Effects of Sea-Level Rise on Shore Fishing. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 14(8):777-792. Publisher’s version available from (ISSN: 1381-2386) (DOI: 10.1007/s11027-009-9198-1)
Language: English
Date: 2009

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