Environmental Policy

Effects of Species-Specific Recreational Demand in Trout Fishing

Trout fisherman casting line in river

Environmental researcher Aaron Strong has published an article in the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research titled "Species Specific Recreational Demand: The Case of Trout Fishing in Alberta." The study looks at trout reintroduction and non-native trout suppression programs to understand the role of species-specific characteristics on recreational demand. Such programs are often promoted on claims that they will allow anglers to catch more and bigger fish, but previous studies of recreational demand have not considered different species of fish within a broad category such as 'trout.' The results indicate that the interaction between angler characteristics and species plays a major role in how anglers choose locations.