"For every 10 sport-fishing visitors to Panama, another Panamanian job is supported," Peel says. “But to continue to add to these jobs, Panama needs to maintain top-notch fishing, which requires an abundance of fish in the water that comes from good management and strong, well-enforced fisheries regulations. Anglers reported they favor fishing destinations that tightly and effectively control commercial and recreational harvests. Panama needs to communicate that they are on board with these tourism-driving factors."
Ms. Peel went on to add, “This study emphasizes that, if Panama wants to grow sport-fishing tourism, improvements to Panama’s infrastructure and services must be made based on fishery science and strong economic and conservation policies. By looking at the experience in other countries, poorly planned and managed fisheries will lead to less employment, not more."