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Regional patterns in Swedish recreational fisheries
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
National Board of Fisheries, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2003 (English)In: Regional Experiences for Global Solutions / [ed] APM Coleman, Darwin, 2003, 39-42 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Interest in Sweden, as in the other Nordic countries, for recreational fishing is widespread. About 35 % of adult Swedes fish for recreation. However, different regional patterns are evident concerning participation, attitudes towards the use of national resources and willingness-to-pay (WTP) for access to recreational fishing. One factor is to be found in the regional differences within Sweden: the population found in rural areas is generally more interested in fishing than people in urban areas. The recreational fishermen in the peripheral areas have, on the other hand, lower relative WTP for their fishing.

Swedish recreational fisheries is based on roughly 10-20 % of the overall Swedish catch, while the yearly expenditure by recreational fishermen is about three times larger than the value derived from the commercial fisheries in Sweden. In a recent public survey, preservation and environmental issues concerning the overall fish stock was stressed, with the proposition of a general fishing fee in Sweden (long present in the other Nordic countries). The paper is based mainly on analysis of the Swedish component of a large Nordic survey. A comparison is also made with contemporary material from the official Swedish survey on recreational fisheries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Darwin, 2003. 39-42 p.
, Fisheries Report, 67
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33716OAI: diva2:317583
3rd World Recreational Fishing Conference, 21-24 May 2002, Northern Territory, Australia
Available from: 2010-05-04 Created: 2010-05-04 Last updated: 2012-10-24Bibliographically approved

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