While many tourists and residents participate in recreational fishing throughout the Caribbean region, little is known about the economic importance of the sector. As a result of this information gap, recreational fisheries are not widely considered in development and management decisions by governments in the region. This manual lays out a simple method for countries to assess the level of expenditures and associated economic impacts related to recreational fishing. To ensure the results are not misleading, users are encouraged to engage, when possible, an experienced economist to review all efforts and results. People applying this manual are expected to have some analytical abilities, survey research experience and knowledge of the region to be examined. If complexities arise that cannot be addressed by this manual, it would be beneficial to consult economists experienced with recreational fisheries and/or the economy in the region being studied.
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