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NC State Economist: New Study Explores Climate Change Impacts on North Carolina Coastal Angling

Angler casts an early morning line at Carolina Beach.

In this issue of the NC State Economist, Professor Roger von Haefen frames key findings from his recent and extensive study assessing the potential economic impact of climate change on coastal recreational fishing. His study finds that if so-called “business as usual” scenarios – i.e. where little or no societal action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – lead to an increase in hotter days, a shift in anglers’ fishing patterns will result.  Such shift, von Haefen’s study predicts, will result in an overall reduction in recreational fishing participation as high as 15%, with corresponding downward impact on revenue and workforce employed by our state’s important recreational fishing industry.

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