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Freshwater Science - Lake Erie Charter Captains Business Survey

Ohio’s Lake Erie coast offers great access for recreational anglers, including a robust and economically important charter fishing industry. However, environmental conditions, economic climate and individual angler behaviors may all change over time. These changes could also impact the charter fishing industry.  In early 2021, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Program Leader Tory Gabriel led a survey of licensed fishing guides gauge the attitudes, characteristics and economic impacts of the industry for the 2020 season and document any changes from previous surveys. This information can be useful to captains, resource managers, local communities and decision makers assessing the health and needs of the industry.