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dc.contributor.authorMitchell, McKenzie
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-03T23:16:24Z
dc.date.available2019-07-03T23:16:24Z
dc.date.issued2019-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/10520
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2019en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study applies data from a web-based survey administered to Alaska sport fish license holders in 2017 to examine the newly introduced Recreational Quota Entity (RQE) program in Alaska's guided halibut sport fishery and the possibility of increasing halibut available to sport anglers by funding this program through a state-endorsed halibut stamp. Two valuation questions were randomized amongst the survey sample. The questions were designed to elicit willingness to pay (WTP) for a halibut stamp in support of the RQE program under (1) status quo halibut fishing regulations (2) more relaxed charter halibut fishing regulations made possible through revenues from halibut stamp sales. The need for two valuation questions is in response to the many factors that would ultimately determine the degree to which charter fishing regulations could be relaxed and the time needed for regulatory change made possible through revenues from halibut stamp sales. The findings indicate that non-resident anglers and resident anglers have a very similar WTP for a state-endorsed halibut stamp and that anglers are willing to pay for a halibut stamp despite having little or no history of participation in the halibut fishery. The pairwise comparison among mean WTP estimates from both valuation questions indicates that differences in anglers' WTP are inconsequential. Findings suggest that the WTP for a state-endorsed halibut stamp reflects an interest in preserving access to the fishery or the value of reserving an option to participate in the halibut fishery. Respondent education level and employment status were found to be statistically significant determinants of anglers' willingness to pay for a state-endorsed halibut stamp to support the RQE program.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectfishersen_US
dc.subjecthalibut fishingen_US
dc.subjecthalibut fisheriesen_US
dc.subjectfishery managementen_US
dc.subjectAlaskaen_US
dc.titleDeterminants of anglers willingness to pay to support the Recreational Quota Entity programen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreephden_US
dc.identifier.departmentResource and Applied Economicsen_US
dc.contributor.chairLittle, Joseph
dc.contributor.chairCriddle, Keith
dc.contributor.committeeGreenberg, Joshua
dc.contributor.committeeHermann, Mark
refterms.dateFOA2019-11-02T00:00:00Z


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