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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
Monday, October 22 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Poster: Demographic Perspectives of Recreational Freshwater Fishing in Alabama

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AUTHORS: Emily Nichols, Wayde Morse – Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences

ABSTRACT: Fishing license sales and expenditures which fund education and fisheries management and conservation represent a risk factor in the face of declining license sales and a changing demographic landscape. A better understanding of user groups will aid the state in working toward achieving recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) objectives and securing public support for recreational fisheries management. An initial socio-demographic analysis of historic fishing license sales data (2011-2017) has guided the development of qualitative inquiry concerning fishing participation and non-participation behaviors of Alabama residents. Through the use of focus groups, we are analyzing three population segments based on their historic levels of recreational fishing participation and predicted growth potential: White/Caucasian/Anglo, Hispanic/Latino, and Black/African American. Eight to twelve open-ended focus groups are currently being conducted in urban and rural areas across the state with Hispanic and African-American residents, and resulting information will be compared with existing knowledge about the White angling population. Focus group activity has allowed exploration of angling interest and participation across the groups, while addressing national R3 findings and recommended actions. These analyses will be used to further explain and predict patterns and trends in fishing participation.

Monday October 22, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Bon Secour Bay Ballroom & 2nd Level Foyer

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