The economic contribution of recreational billfishing is believed to be significantly greater than many other recreational fisheries. This is because the fishery supports a significant dedicated fleet of charter vessels and because many private vessels have also been built or purchased primarily to participate in the fishery. As the billfish fishery occurs primarily in the north of New Zealand, it makes an important economic contribution to local areas and northern regions as well as to the national economy. The New Zealand Marine Research Foundation has therefore commissioned this research project to obtain detailed knowledge of the present economic contribution of the New Zealand recreational billfishery. This report provides the results of this study.
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