Title

Travel characteristics of marine anglers using oil and gas platforms in the central Gulf of Mexico

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1993

Abstract

This study was designed to evaluate the travel characteristics of avid marine anglers off Louisiana in the central Gulf of Mexico. It focuses on the complex marine travel patterns involving the extensive assemblage of oil and gas structures. In an intercept approach, marine recreational fishermen were asked to identify near and offshore travel patterns on the day of the interview. Petroleum platforms were a principal fishing destination, and platform anglers traveled an average distance of 75.5km to and from offshore fishing locations. In fishing an average of 6.5 platforms per trip, these anglers traveled about 21.3km between the first and last platform visited. Mean total distances for platform anglers were 96km. Travel distances for bay, nearshore, and bluewater anglers were also obtained. -from Author

Publication Title

Marine Fisheries Review

Volume

55

Issue

1

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