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Title: Expert opinion on using angler Smartphone apps to inform marine fisheries management: status, prospects, and needs
Authors: Skov, Christian; Hyder, Kieran; Gundelund, Casper; Ahvonen, Anssi; Baudrier, Jerome; Borch, Trude; DeCarvalho, Sara and Erzini, Karim; Ferter, Keno; Grati, Fabio; van derHammen, Tessa and Hinriksson, Jan; Houtman, Rob; Kagervall, Anders; Kapiris, Kostas; Karlsson, Martin; Lejk, Adam M.; Lyle, Jeremy M. and Martinez-Escauriaza, Roi; Moilanen, Pentti; Mugerza, Estanis and Olesen, Hans Jakob; Papadopoulos, Anastasios; Pita, Pablo and Pontes, Joao; Radford, Zachary; Radtke, Krzysztof; Rangel, Mafalda; Sague, Oscar; Sande, Hege A.; Strehlow, V, Harry and Tutins, Rudolfs; Veiga, Pedro; Verleye, Thomas; Volstad, Jon Helge; Watson, Joseph W.; Weltersbach, Marc Simon; Ustups, Didzis; Venturelli, Paul A.
Citation: ICES JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE, 2021, 78, 967-978
Abstract: Smartphone applications (apps) that target recreational fishers are growing in abundance. These apps have the potential to provide data useful for management of recreational fisheries. We surveyed expert opinion in 20, mostly European, countries to assess the current and future status of app use in marine recreational fisheries. The survey revealed that a few countries already use app data to support existing data collection, and that this number is likely to increase within 5-10 years. The strongest barriers to use app data were a scarcity of useful apps and concern over data quality, especially biases due to the opt-in nature of app use. Experts generally agreed that apps were unlikely to be a ``stand-alone�� method, at least in the short term, but could be of immediate use as a novel approach to collect supporting data such as, fisheries-specific temporal and spatial distributions of fishing effort, and aspects of fisher behaviour. This survey highlighted the growing interest in app data among researchers and managers, but also the need for government agencies and other managers/researchers to coordinate their efforts with the support of survey statisticians to develop and assess apps in ways that will ensure standardisation, data quality, and utility.
Keywords: catch rates; citizen science; fishing effort; human dimensions; survey methods; CATCH
Issue Date: 2021
Type: Article
DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsaa243
ISSN: 1054-3139
E-ISSN: 1095-9289
Funder: FCT-Foundation for Science and TechnologyPortuguese Foundation for Science and Technology [UIDB/04326/2020]
FCTPortuguese Foundation for Science and TechnologyEuropean Commission [SFRH/BPD/116307/2016]
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
European CommissionEuropean CommissionEuropean Commission Joint Research Centre
German Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchFederal Ministry of Education \& Research (BMBF) [01LC1826E]
Xunta de Galicia under the modality of Grupos de Referencia Competitiva [ED431C2019/11]
Fundacion Biodiversidad, Ministerio para la Transicion Ecologica, Gobierno de Espana, Pleamar program [ED481B2014/034-0, ED481B2018/017]
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
Research Council of NorwayResearch Council of Norway [267808]
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