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Title: Method for assessing the heritage value of net fisheries
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: Environment Agency Project ID:EAPRJOUT_1241, Representation ID: 406, Object ID: 2452
A study was undertaken in March/April 2004 to develop a method for evaluating the heritage value of net fisheries. The study identified preliminary estimates of the heritage value of the salmon fisheries under consideration. The contingent valuation technique was utilised in this instance to establish the general public’s willingness to pay (WTP) to: a) maintain the minimum level of traditional fishing methods; and b) maintain the current level of traditional fishing methods on the River Severn estuary and the Welsh coracle fisheries on the R. Tywi, R. Tâf and R. Teifi. 392 interviews were conducted with members of the general public in 3 location categories: a) Category 1, close to the river estuary: Carmarthen, Cardigan, Lydney and Sharpness; b) Category 2, near to the river, but away from the estuary: Shrewsbury, Tewkesbury, Newtown and Lampeter; and c) Category 3, away from the rivers: Birmingham, North Wales, Chester and Reading/Slough. The estimated heritage value for the Welsh coracle fisheries within Environment Agency Wales (based on a one-off donation to maintain the minimum level of traditional fishing methods) is £1.5m. The estimated value for the River Severn estuary fishery amongst households within the Midlands region, North Wessex area and Thames West area is £5.3m. There is an opportunity to maximise the value associated with the fisheries by enabling locals and day visitors particularly, to see demonstrations and examples of the traditional methods both on the rivers and in visitor centres. The use of traditional materials is likely to add to the authenticity and level of interest. There is also potential for a local educational role through schools for example, given the high level of local interest in the fishing methods. Higher interest amongst anglers and members of environmental groups offers opportunities for promoting the fisheries through the rod licence database and via other conservation and environment related organisations.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Subject Keywords: FisheriesRiversInland fisheriesEconomic analysisCoarse fishesMethodologySalmon fisheriesBrackishwater environment
Geographic Keywords: EnglandWales
Extent: 92
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