Marine recreational fishing and the implications of climate change

Townhill, Bryony L., Radford, Zachary, Pecl, Gretta, van Putten, Ingrid, Pinnegar, John K. and Hyder, Kieran (2019) Marine recreational fishing and the implications of climate change. Fish and Fisheries, 20 (5). pp. 977-992. ISSN 1467-2960

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Abstract

Marine recreational fishing is popular globally and benefits coastal economies and people's well-being. For some species, it represents a large component of fish landings. Climate change is anticipated to affect recreational fishing in many ways, creating opportunities and challenges. Rising temperatures or changes in storms and waves are expected to impact the availability of fish to recreational fishers, through changes in recruitment, growth and survival. Shifts in distribution are also expected, affecting the location that target species can be caught. Climate change also threatens the safety of fishing. Opportunities may be reduced owing to rougher conditions, and costs may be incurred if gear is lost or damaged in bad weather. However, not all effects are expected to be negative. Where weather conditions change favourably, participation rates could increase, and desirable species may become available in new areas. Drawing on examples from the UK and Australia, we synthesize existing knowledge to develop a conceptual model of climate-driven factors that could impact marine recreational fisheries, in terms of operations, participation and motivation. We uncover the complex pathways of drivers that underpin the recreational sector. Climate changes may have global implications on the behaviour of recreational fishers and on catches and local economies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptation,angling,catch,distribution shifts,motivation,tourism,cod gadus-morhua,angler motivations,food-consumption,rapid assessment,range shifts,pelagic fish,growth,assemblage,future,size
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2021 00:19
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2021 00:22
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81186
DOI: 10.1111/faf.12392

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