The Human Dimensions of Fisheries Lab at Texas A&M University specializes in social research on recreational fisheries. Problem solving research projects are completed for state and federal agencies in support of their resource management responsibilities (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, National Marine Fisheries Service, Minerals Management Service among others) as well as for NGOs interested in fisheries conservation (the International Billfish Research and Conservation Foundation, Game Conservation International, Costa Rica Ecology Watch, and the Sport Fishing Institute among others). Recent studies have investigated use patterns and preferences of TPWD offshore artificial reef users, clientele of urban fishing programs, support for proposed changes in saltwater and freshwater fishing regulations, and the social and economic benefits associated with recreational fisheries in support of re-allocation decisions.

Field of Focus
Social Research on Recreational Fisheries