Gone Fishing: The Value of Recreational Fishing in Sweden

CERE Working Paper, 2019:2

24 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2019

See all articles by Ola Carlén

Ola Carlén

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) - Department of Forest Economics

Göran Bostedt

CERE

Runar Brännlund

University of Umea - Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics

Lars Persson

University of Umea - Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics

Date Written: February 4, 2019

Abstract

Data from a unique nationwide recreational fishing survey in Sweden is used to estimate benefits of recreational fishing in Sweden, differences between regions and age groups, and how they relate to expected catch. The data targets the whole Swedish population, and as a consequence a large fraction of zero fishing days exists in the sample. To consider this, a zero-inflated Poisson model was used. Swedes fished around 16 million days in 2013, of which two-thirds was spent on inland fishing, and one third was spent on marine and costal fishing. Expected consumer surplus per fishing day vary over the season, from about SEK 23 for winter fishing, to SEK 148 for summer fishing. The highest consumer surplus values are found among the youngest and the oldest age groups that were surveyed. Expected catch is an important determinant for number of fishing days, but catch increases mainly influence summer fishing.

Keywords: Consumer Surplus, Recreational Fishing, TCM, ZIP-Model

JEL Classification: Q22, Q26, Q51

Suggested Citation

Carlén, Ola and Bostedt, Göran and Brännlund, Runar and Persson, Lars, Gone Fishing: The Value of Recreational Fishing in Sweden (February 4, 2019). CERE Working Paper, 2019:2 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3328526

Ola Carlén (Contact Author)

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) - Department of Forest Economics ( email )

S-901 83 Umea
Sweden

Göran Bostedt

CERE ( email )

Almas Allé 10
Umeå, 750 07
Sweden

Runar Brännlund

University of Umea - Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics ( email )

Umeå, S-901 87
Sweden

Lars Persson

University of Umea - Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics ( email )

Umeå, S-901 87
Sweden

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