Recreation specialization and gender: A comparison of Massachusetts freshwater anglers

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Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium


Recreation specialization describes the continuum of general to specifi c behavior of natural resource users and allows for the classifi cation of these users into meaningful subgroups. While this theory has been used to study anglers, the majority of participants in recreational fi shing are male. Therefore, more could be learned about how women at various specialization levels experience the activity. This analysis considers both specialization level and gender as predictors of fi ve propositions. In general, male anglers were more specialized than female anglers. As expected, men fi shed more days per year and more years than women. Men also considered the experience of the catch to be more important. Contrary to expectations, women placed less importance on catching fi sh than men. Women also rated family recreation and experiencing new and different things as more important. Additionally, women were more supportive of one management item—restricted fi shing areas.





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USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station General Technical Report GTR-NRS

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