Recreational Fishing

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1990 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada

The 1990 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada collected information about recreational fishing in Canada in 1990 to assess the economic and social importance of recreational fisheries to the country. This survey was conducted by the Surveys Unit of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans headquarters in Ottawa, in cooperation with all provincial and territorial fisheries and licensing agencies, and the Pacific regional office of the Department.

The component provincial and territorial surveys are part of a nationally coordinated study conducted to provide data on a wide variety of topics of interest to fisheries managers at the various levels of government. The results of these surveys provide the most authoritative and up-to-date information on activity and harvest in our recreational fisheries. As well, they provide the only detailed information on the economic dimensions of the recreational fisheries in all regions of the country. Once aggregated, the results of the surveys form the base of information used to provide managers and researchers with nation-wide data. This base is used to assess changes with respect to pressure on fisheries resources as well as to determine the economic contribution made by anglers at both the regional and national levels.

The 1990 survey was the fourth in the series of surveys begun in 1975. Highlights from previous surveys were reported in bulletins published under similar titles.

This report presents both the highlights of the aggregated results from the 1990 surveys as well as detailed tables of common data. Information for each province and territory and for Pacific tidal waters was provided to the responsible licensing agencies for assessment and acceptance for use in this report.

Table of Contents

  1. Survey Highlights
    » Angler Profile
    » Fishing Effort
    » Harvest
    » Non-resident Trip Characteristics
    » Expenditures and Investments
    » Willingness to Pay
    » Conclusion

  2. Appendix 1: Detailed Statistical Tables
  3. Appendix 2: Methodology
  4. Appendix 3: Glossary of Terms
  5. Appendix 4: Survey Contacts by Jurisdiction