A socioeconomic evaluation of the recreational use of fish and wildlife resources in Alberta, with particular reference to the AOSERP study area. Volume I: Summary and conclusions

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  • An estimated total of 1,390,980 Albertans over five years of age engaged in nonconsumptive recreational fish and wildlife activities in the Province during 1975-76, of whom 102,600 also engaged in hunting and of whom 308,500 also engaged in fishing activities during the same period. The annual total number of recreational days amounted to 20,500,000, of which nonconsumptive use accounted for 16,700,000, angling 3,100,000, and hunting 700,000 recreation days. Among the Provincial totals, 50,170 Albertans engaged in nonconsumptive fish and wildlife use in the AOSERP study area for a total of 83,393 recreation days. Angling involved 13,168 persons for 87,014 days and hunting involved 2,203 persons for 10,354 days. An estimated 13,648 AOSERP study area residents engaged in nonconsumptive activities in the study area for 54,592 days. AOSERP study area residents angling in the AOSERP study area accounted for 4,000 persons and 39,327 days and AOSERP study area residents hunting in the AOSERP study area accounted for 1,151 persons and 6,768 days. Province-wide consumptive use (fishing and hunting) during 1975-76 involved harvests by Albertans of 5,789,448 fish, 22,382 big game, 248,210 upland game birds and 1,097,538 waterfowl. Among these totals 164,442 fish, 216 big game, 5,730 up.1andbirds and 1,760 waterfowl were taken in the AOSERP study area by Albertans. AOSERP study area residents harvested 81,878 fish, 176 big game animals, 3,075 upland birds, and 1,057 waterfowl in the AOSERP study area during the same year.

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