The economics of natural resources and Texas striped bass fisheries



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Texas Tech University


The purpose of this paper is threefold. First, it will cover some important theories of natural resource use, depletion, and regulation over time Second, it will study the Texas striped bass within the contexts of these earlier theories, and adapt the theories to better suit the study of striped bass. Within this section, it will also cover the striped bass reservoir as a regional economy, and discuss the activities that go on because of the fishery. Finally, it will discuss problems that must be addressed before a further study of the economic impacts of striped bass fisheries can be done. The recreational fishery that has developed in Texas for striped bass is unlike any other fishery within the state, and hopefully, through what has been researched in this paper, a better understanding of "striped bass economics" can be achieved.