Modelling coarse angler’s decision-making behaviour using perceived site attributes

An angler’s decision on which site to fish at can be a complex system of arithmetic calculations, weighing up the attractions and detractions of every feasible site they could visit. One site may have good access but poor fish quality, another may be teeming with fish but overcrowded with anglers. On any given choice occasion an angler will use both their perception of each site’s attributes and their own preferences to decide where they will fish. When the management of coarse angling sites includes the onerous tasks of improving the sites for present users as well as inducing more people to participate in fishing, quantitative measurements of anglers’ preferences can provide the building blocks for effective policy.

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