April 2, 2018
Why Fishing In The Everglades Is More Important Than You Think
By Jessica Rodriguez
The recreational fishing industry in Everglades National Park is, to local anglers and tourists alike, a highlight of their visit to the park. FIU researchers explore the effects that reducing freshwater flow to the Everglades may have on the 1.2 billion dollar industry within the region. The study, a part of the Department of Earth and Environment and Agroecology doctoral student Christina Brown’s dissertation, places a monetary value on the overall recreational ecosystem services offered in the Everglades. Her research supervised by Dr. Mahadev Bhat estimates that in recent years, up to 68.1 million dollars have already been lost annually in recreational services. The 30 years of historical data used for this study show that freshwater flow is among the most crucial factors influencing an angler’s ability to catch fish. Unfortunately, the data also sheds light on the sharp decline of freshwater flow to the Everglades. (PC: Case News)
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