Specialization and divergent angler preferences for trout fishing in Georgia
Yondo, Hailey Joan
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To satisfy the various preferences and practices of anglers, managers must understand the diversity within the angler population they are serving. Many previous studies on angler preferences and experiences have not focused on capturing the diversity in angler populations. This study addressed the heterogeneity within Georgia’s trout angler population to better understand how preferences, constraints, and subsequent negotiation strategies differ across the angler population. The diversity within the Georgia trout angler population was uncovered by clustering anglers based on their level of specialization. Data were collected via a mail survey administered to 4,000 licensed Georgia trout anglers. Results revealed less specialized anglers took less trips, were less satisfied with trout fishing attributes, perceived more constraints when attempting to trout fish, and were less able to negotiate the constraints. Implications suggest tailoring management strategies toward specific groups of anglers that are particularly dissatisfied or constrained to help maintain or increase participation.