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Title: Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global contextParticipation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment
Authors: Hyder, Kieran; Weltersbach, Marc Simon; Armstrong, Mike and Ferter, Keno; Townhill, Bryony; Ahvonen, Anssi; Arlinghaus, Robert; Baikov, Andrei; Bellanger, Manuel; Birzaks, Janis and Borch, Trude; Cambie, Giulia; de Graaf, Martin; Diogo, Hugo M. C.; Dziemian, Lukasz; Gordoa, Ana; Grzebielec, Ryszard and Hartill, Bruce; Kagervall, Anders; Kapiris, Kostas; Karlsson, Martin; Kleiven, Alf Ring; Lejk, Adam M.; Levrel, Harold and Lovell, Sabrina; Lyle, Jeremy; Moilanen, Pentti; Monkman, Graham; Morales-Nin, Beatriz; Mugerza, Estanis; Martinez, Roi and O'Reilly, Paul; Olesen, Hans Jakob; Papadopoulos, Anastasios and Pita, Pablo; Radford, Zachary; Radtke, Krzysztof; Roche, William; Rocklin, Delphine; Ruiz, Jon; Scougal, Callum and Silvestri, Roberto; Skov, Christian; Steinback, Scott and Sundelof, Andreas; Svagzdys, Arvydas; Turnbull, David; van der Hammen, Tessa; van Voorhees, David; van Winsen, Frankwin and Verleye, Thomas; Veiga, Pedro; Volstad, Jon-Helge; Zarauz, Lucia; Zolubas, Tomas; Strehlow, Harry V.
Citation: FISH AND FISHERIES, 2018, 19, 225-243
Abstract: Marine recreational fishing (MRF) is a high-participation activity with large economic value and social benefits globally, and it impacts on some fish stocks. Although reporting MRF catches is a European Union legislative requirement, estimates are only available for some countries. Here, data on numbers of fishers, participation rates, days fished, expenditures, and catches of two widely targeted species were synthesized to provide European estimates of MRF and placed in the global context. Uncertainty assessment was not possible due to incomplete knowledge of error distributions; instead, a semi-quantitative bias assessment was made. There were an estimated 8.7 million European recreational sea fishers corresponding to a participation rate of 1.6\%. An estimated 77.6 million days were fished, and expenditure was Euro5.9 billion annually. There were higher participation, numbers of fishers, days fished and expenditure in the Atlantic than the Mediterranean, but the Mediterranean estimates were generally less robust. Comparisons with other regions showed that European MRF participation rates and expenditure were in the mid-range, with higher participation in Oceania and the United States, higher expenditure in the United States, and lower participation and expenditure in South America and Africa. For both northern European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax, Moronidae) and western Baltic cod (Gadus morhua, Gadidae) stocks, MRF represented 27\% of the total removals. This study highlights the importance of MRF and the need for bespoke, regular and statistically sound data collection to underpin European fisheries management. Solutions are proposed for future MRF data collection in Europe and other regions to support sustainable fisheries management.
Keywords: European marine recreational fisheries; fisheries assessment and management; fishing effort and expenditure; participation; surveys and monitoring of marine recreational fisheries; COD GADUS-MORHUA; FISHERIES MANAGEMENT; ATLANTIC COD; INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES; UNITED-STATES; MARINE; CATCH; PARTICIPATION; CONSERVATION; IMPACT
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: WILEY
Type: Article
Language: English
DOI: 10.1111/faf.12251
ISSN: 1467-2960
E-ISSN: 1467-2979
Funder: Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer
French Ministry of Fisheries Management
Greek National Data Collection Programme
European Commission, Data Collection Framework
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [MF1221, MF1230, MI001]
Norges Forskningsrad [267808]
State Department of Agriculture, Food Security and Fisheries Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Interreg IVa 2 Seas
Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
European Fishery Fund
Government of Galicia [ED481B2014/034-0]
Appears in Publication types:Artículos científicos

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