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AFS Policy Director Tom Bigford Elected As The Coastal Society President

But don’t worry.  He isn’t going anywhere! Tom Bigford, Policy Director in AFS headquarters, was recently elected President of The Coastal Society. TCS is the oldest international society focused on the breadth of issues affecting the world’s coasts. TCS hosts meetings, fosters dialogue, forges partnerships, supports professional networks, and mentors future leaders related to technical, policy,... Read More

AFS Policy Director Tom Bigford Elected As The Coastal Society President

But don’t worry.  He isn’t going anywhere! Tom Bigford, Policy Director in AFS headquarters, was recently elected President of The Coastal Society. TCS is the oldest international society focused on the breadth of issues affecting the world’s coasts. TCS hosts meetings, fosters dialogue, forges partnerships, supports professional networks, and mentors future leaders related to technical, policy,... Read More

The Great Lakes Charter Fishing Industry: 2002 to 2011

We compare results of Great Lakes charter captain surveys from 2002 and 2011. Charter trips declined 27%, from over 103,000 in 2002 to less than 76,000 in 2011. Revenues between the two years fell 24%, from US$48.0 million to $36.4 million, after values were adjusted for inflation. An estimated 1,696 captains operated as a small... Read More

Factors Influencing Charter Fishing Effort Trends in Lake Huron

From 2002 to 2011, the number of charter fishing trips in Michigan waters of Lake Huron declined by 51%. Declines in catch rates, rising gasoline prices, and the economic downturn have been suggested as possible reasons for this decline. To better understand the relative importance of these factors, five catch-based and six economic variables were... Read More

The North Carolina Charter Boat Fishery Changing With the Times: a Comparative Analysis of the Catch Composition (1978 and 2007-2008)

The North Carolina charter boat fishery was surveyed in 1978  and provided a comprehensive assessment of the species catch composition and economic impacts. This fishery was surveyed again in 2007–2008 to provide a more recent representation of the effects and impacts on tourism and coastal fish populations. We analyzed and compared the species catch composition,... Read More