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Exploring the Relationship Between Fishing Regulations and Angler Compliance in Virginia

Spencer, Matthew Dylan and Green, Egan and Bolin, Riane and Van Patten, Isaac (2018) Exploring the Relationship Between Fishing Regulations and Angler Compliance in Virginia. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

Fishing regulations are often complex and reliant upon a general understanding of geographical awareness. Fishing regulations for the same fish species can vary across neighboring waterways or along a single waterway that is delineated into a river and lake, for example. It is plausible that anglers may not understand these complex regulations and subsequently may act in non-compliance. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between fishing regulations and angler compliance on the New River and Claytor Lake in Virginia. A survey was used to collect data from a sample of 15,000 registered Virginia freshwater anglers from July 2016-September 2017. Both anglers’ regulatory knowledge and several demographic variables were used to predict the likelihood of anglers’ compliance using a regression analysis. The potential policy implications of this research may include an increase in attention for angler education programs and discretionary tactics by law enforcement.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
S Agriculture > SK Hunting sports
Divisions: Radford University > College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Depositing User: Matthew Dylan Spencer
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 16:51
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2018 16:51
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/433

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