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Concepts, Terms and Other Definitions

Following is a glossary of terms and definitions used in the survey and throughout this report:

Recreational Fishing:
refers to non-commercial fishing; recreational angling, and sport fishing are covered in the definition used by the survey. Note that ceremonial fishing and subsistence fishing are not covered by the survey and are, therefore, not included in any of the estimates presented in this report.
Great Lakes:
a reference to any or all of the Great Lakes waterbodies defined above. The terms Great Lakes and Great Lakes regions are used interchangeably in the report.
Active Angler:
an angler who fished in 2005; the identification of active anglers was based on the information from provincial and territorial licensing databases.
Adult Anglers:
the total adult angler population in 2005; do not include individuals under 18 years of age. The survey results presented in this report relate to recreational fishing activities of active adult anglers covered in the survey.
made up of one or more adult anglers who reside in the same dwelling.
Angler categories:
each jurisdiction surveyed two general categories of active anglers: resident anglers and non-resident anglers (Canadian and Other/Foreign).
Resident Angler:
an angler who lived in Ontario and who fished within the Great Lakes system in 2005.
Canadian Non-resident Angler:
a Canadian angler from outside Ontario who fished in the Great Lakes region.
Other Non-resident Angler:
a non-Canadian angler who fished in the Great Lakes region in Ontario. The terms foreign angler, other non-resident angler and non-Canadian angler are used interchangeably throughout the report.
Fish Harvested:
number of fish caught (the term fish harvest is also used in the tables).
Fish Retained:
number of fish kept.
Day Fished:
a day or part of a day on which an angler fished for recreation.
Direct Expenditures:
expenditures on goods and services (food, camping, accommodation, transportation, supplies, etc.) incurred during fishing trips or excursions.
Major Purchases and Investments:
the purchase of durable goods in support of recreational fishing activities. These include boats, motors, special vehicles, camping gear and other durable goods. Land and building purchases are also included. Major purchases and investments are broken down into two categories: (1) major purchases and investments attributable in whole or in part to recreational fishing, defined as the total purchase price of the durable goods mentioned above; and (2) major purchases and investments whollyattributable to recreational fishing, calculated based on the percentage of the purchase price which the angler feels was directly attributable to recreational fishing activities.
Fishing Equipment and Fishing Supplies:
fishing equipment includes expenditures on goods as fishing rods, reels, depth finders, etc. while fishing supplies are items purchased in the course of fishing activity such as bait, line, etc.
Package Deal:
monies paid to a lodge or outfitter for a complete range of services such as lodging, food, transportation, use of fishing equipment, etc. (for self-organized trips, this includes all expenditures). Types of package deals include: fly-in camps, lodge, charter boats, outfitters, etc.
Fishing Services:
include boat rental, guide services, license fees, permits, tags, etc.
Fishing Supplies:
include bait, line, tackle, etc.
Average Annual Growth Rate(decline):
calculated using the formula r=exp(ln(pn/p0)/n)-1 where r = average annual growth rate, pn and p0 are the last and first observations in the period, n is the number of years in the period and ln is the natural logarithm operator.
Current Dollars:
also referred to as nominal dollars; actual dollars received or paid, unadjusted for price changes (inflation).
Constant Dollars:
dollars that have been adjusted for inflation.