A mail survey to estimate the fishery dynamics of southern Florida's bonefish charter fleet

M. F. Larkin, J. S. Ault, R. Humston, J. Luo

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Abstract

Bonefish, Albula vulpes (L.), support an economically important recreational fishery in southern Florida, USA that has received little scientific study and has never been adequately assessed. A mail survey of 322 captains that comprise the southern Florida bonefish charter fleet was conducted to acquire a baseline understanding of the primary fishery statistics. The response rate was 59% and a follow-up telephone survey of non-respondents indicated no non-response bias. Experience in the fishery ranged from 3 to 61 years. The annual fishing effort was 30 875 boat days. The majority of the fleet fishing effort occurred in the northern Florida Keys and is presumed to reflect bonefish abundance. The instantaneous mortality rate of released fish was 0.11 year-1. The majority of the respondents indicated that the bonefish stock had declined over the past decade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-261
Number of pages8
JournalFisheries Management and Ecology
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

Keywords

  • Catch-and-release fishery
  • Direct expenditures
  • Recreational fishing effort
  • Release mortality
  • Stock abundance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology

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