The Economic Cost of Stocking Catchable Rainbow Trout

by Donn M. Johnson, Univ of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, United States,
Richard G. Walsh, Univ of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: States annually stock about 20 million pounds of catchable trout in public waters. Complete information on cost is essential to help wildlife agencies make operating and planning decisions. The question of what costs to count becomes a primary issue of this controversial subject. This paper will address this topic using Colorado as a case study. We will show that an appropriate definition of the economic cost of stocking catchable rainbow trout depends on whether the information is needed to make short-run or long-run decisions. This information can help managers make the most efficient decisions possible in pursuing their conservation goals.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Rainfall | Fish management | Case studies | Terminology and definition | Wildlife | Water management | North America | Colorado | United States

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