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On the conditions for developing hunting and fishing tourism in Sweden

Kagervall, Anders (2014). On the conditions for developing hunting and fishing tourism in Sweden. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Umeå : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2014:34
ISBN 978-91-576-8016-7
eISBN 978-91-576-8017-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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In many rural areas industrial development have reduced the number of available jobs in traditional industries such as agriculture and forestry. Areas that historically have
been dependent on extraction of resources, experience a reduced need for labor. In some areas the result is high unemployment and depopulation. Nature tourism is often
proposed as a way to create employment. Development of nature tourism must be environmental, economic and social sustainability to succeed. In this thesis, I examined
social conditions that affect the development of hunting and fishing tourism in Sweden using data from mailed surveys. The data were assessed to determine (1) the change in the general public's attitudes toward hunting from 1980 to 2012, (2) the general public's attitudes toward different types of recreational fishing, (3) local residents' perceptions of increased use of game and fish by visiting tourists, and (4) the views among anglers toward catch and release fishing.

The results showed that support for both hunting and fishing as recreation was high, which should not restrict the development of hunting and fishing tourism. However, support was lower if the activities were done purely for recreation. This means that those who develop tourism should monitor the attitudes and norms in society and adapt
the activities so they continue to be accepted by the general public. Local residents who were hunters or anglers did express a wish to limit the number of visitors. This
indicates that local residents who live in the areas where new development is most needed can be skeptical of tourism development. The support for catch and release fishing varied among Swedish anglers. For example, pike specialists were very positive about catch and release, but those fishing for perch were not. The varied opinions of anglers give insight on which types of fish would be acceptable to catch and release.

Authors/Creators:Kagervall, Anders
Title:On the conditions for developing hunting and fishing tourism in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :16 April 2014
Number of Pages:88
I.Göran Ericsson, Per E Ljung, Anders Kagervall, & Camilla Sandström. Increasing support for hunting 1980-2012 (manuscript).
II.Anders Kagervall, Camilla Sandström & Göran Ericsson. Support for the Development of Hunting and Angling Tourism in Rural Sweden (Submitted to Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism).
III.Anders Kagervall, Gustav Hellström & Göran Ericsson. Factors that Affect the General Public's Attitudes toward Recreational Fishing (manuscript).
IV.Anders Kagervall, Thomas A. Heberlein, Gustav Hellström & Göran Ericsson (2014). Conceptualization and Measurement of Catch-and-Release Norms. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 19(2), 139–153.
Place of Publication:Umeå
Publisher:Institutionen för vilt, fisk och miljö, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8016-7
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8017-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Social Psychology
Agrovoc terms:rural development, hunting, recreational fishing, tourism, attitudes, wildlife management, sweden
Keywords:rural development, tourism, attitudes, hunting, recreational fishing
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ID Code:11133
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
External funders:FORMAS
Deposited By: Anders Kagervall
Deposited On:16 Apr 2014 14:28
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 11:05

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