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Title: Assessing Knowledge Gaps and Management Needs to Cope With Barriers for Environmental, Economic, and Social Sustainability of Marine Recreational Fisheries: The Case of Spain
Authors: Pita, Pablo; Alos, Josep; Antelo, Manel; Artetxe, Inaki and Biton-Porsmoguer, Sebastian; Carreno, Arnau; Cuadros, Amalia and Font, Toni; Beiro, Jose; Garcia-Charton, Jose A.; Gordoa, Ana and Hyder, Kieran; Lloret, Josep; Morales-Nin, Beatriz and Mugerza, Estanis; Sague, Oscar; Pascual-Fernandez, Jose J. and Ruiz, Jon; Sandoval, Virginia; Santolini, Elena; Zarauz, Lucia and Villasante, Sebastian
Abstract: The European Parliament is concerned about the lack of information on the relevance of nine million Europeans engaged in marine recreational fishing (MRF), committing Member States to encourage environmental and socioeconomic sustainability of the sector. The objective of this paper is to provide recommendations to guide research actions and management policies, based on the case of Spain, a key country because its complex administrative regimen and the intensive use of its coasts, including 900,000 recreational fishers. A review of the state of the knowledge was performed to identify research gaps, while governance challenges were identified in an International Symposium on MRF. In the last two decades research on MRF was remarkable (139 publications). However, public investment in research ((sic)2.44 million in the same period) should be improved to cover knowledge gaps on socioeconomic relevance, on impacts on vulnerable species and on implications of global warming. The license system should be standardized to allow estimation of effort, catch and expenditure. Social networks, mobile applications, fisher ecological knowledge, and citizen science programs could help to develop cost-effective research and management. Science-based, adaptive policies should improve the allocation of resources between MRF and other stakeholders, introducing co-management to reduce conflicts.
Keywords: marine recreational fisheries; participation rates; socio-ecological relevance; fisheries science; Spain; CLIMATE-CHANGE; MEDITERRANEAN SEA; FISH COMMUNITIES; CANARY-ISLANDS; ANGLERS; TOURISM; GALICIA; IMPACTS; SYSTEM; CHALLENGES
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
Type: Article
Language: 
DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00023
URI: http://dspace.azti.es/handle/24689/1158
E-ISSN: 2296-7745
Funder: Xunta de Galicia under the modality of Grupos de Referencia Competitiva [ED431C2019/11]
RECREGES I project [ED481B2014/034-0, ED481B2018/017]
RECREGES II project [ED481B2014/034-0, ED481B2018/017]
SICORE project - Fundacion Biodiversidad, Ministerio para la Transicion Ecologica, Gobierno de Espana, Pleamar program
European COST Action
ICES Science Fund Project
CYTED program for the ECOMAR Network
Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain [CSO2013-45773-R]
JDC postdoctoral research grant - Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness [IJCI-2016-27681]
Ramon y Cajal Grant - Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities [RYC2018-024488-I]
Appears in Publication types:Artículos científicos



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