Did you participate in the recreational shellfish fishery in one of the 15 towns of Cape Cod in 2019 and 2020? If yes, we need your help!
Please take this survey to help us identify opportunities and concerns for recreational shellfishers.
The Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Marine Program and Woods Hole Sea Grant Extension Program are working with the WHOI Marine Policy Center on a study about the current economic value of the municipal recreational shellfisheries in the 15 towns of Barnstable County.
The goals of this study are:
- To use current economic valuation methods to determine the dollar value of the recreational shellfishing programs of Barnstable County
- To include a broader definition of value than previous studies looked at – including recreational shellfishing as a tourism activity, a cultural practice to people who live in the region, a subsistence fishery, and a provider of ecosystem services such as water quality regulation
Similar studies were conducted in 1978 and in 2004:
- Smith, Richard W., Jon M. Conrad and David A. Storey, An Economic Valuation of Recreational Clamming in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station Research Bulletin No. 654, April, 1978.
To our knowledge this is the first study undertaken on the economic value of the recreational shellfisheries in Massachusetts.