Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date



Special Reports in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SRAMSOE) No. 251


Increasingly, recreational boating and its supporting industries are being affected by governmental policy and regulatory and allocation decisions. Clearly, those charged with making these decisions cannot understand the impacts of their decisions on related business, individuals, and their livelihoods without possessing some knowledge of the general linkages between boating and local economies. This initial estimate of the economic impacts of boating in Virginia is a first step in that direction. Hopefully, a better knowledge of the nature, recent growth and present magnitude of boating in the Commonwealth will insure that decisions made which influence its existence will be'based on the best information possible.



Virginia, Recreation, Benefits, Costs


This report was prepared at the request of thE~ Virginia Boating Advisory Committee under the Connnonwealth of Virgirda' s Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Resources. The repot~t was done at -no charge to the Committee except for partial assistance with printing costs.



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