Toward sustainable harvest strategies for marine fisheries that include recreational fishing

Fowler, Ashley M., Dowling, Natalie A., Lyle, Jeremy M., Alós, Josep, Anderson, Leif E., Cooke, Steven J., Danylchuk, Andy J., Ferter, Keno, Folpp, Heath, Hutt, Clifford, Hyder, Kieran ORCID:, Lew, Daniel K., Lowry, Michael B., Lynch, Tim P., Meadows, Nicholas, Mugerza, Estanis, Nedreaas, Kjell, Garrone-Neto, Domingos, Ochwada-Doyle, Faith A., Potts, Warren, Records, David, Steinback, Scott, Strehlow, Harry V., Tracey, Sean R., Travis, Michael D., Tsuboi, Jun-ichi, Vølstad, Jon Helge and Chick, Rowan C. (2023) Toward sustainable harvest strategies for marine fisheries that include recreational fishing. Fish and Fisheries, 24 (6). pp. 1003-1019. ISSN 1467-2960

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Recreational fishing (RF) is a large yet undervalued component of fisheries globally. While progress has been made in monitoring, assessing, and managing the sector in isolation, integration of RF into the management of multi-sector fisheries has been limited, particularly relative to the commercial sector. This marginalises recreational fishers and reduces the likelihood of achieving the sector's objectives and, more broadly, achieving fisheries sustainability. We examined the nature and extent of RF inclusion in harvest strategies (HSs) for marine fisheries across 15 regions in 11 nations to define the gap in inclusion that has developed between sectors. We focused on high-income nations with a high level of RF governance and used a questionnaire to elicit expert knowledge on HSs due to the paucity of published documents. In total, 339 HSs were considered. We found that RF inclusion in HSs was more similar to the small-scale sector (i.e., artisanal, cultural, or subsistence) than the commercial sector, with explicit operational objectives, data collection, performance indicators, reference points, and management controls lacking in many regions. Where specified, RF objectives focused on sustainability, economic value and catch allocation rather than directly relating to the recreational fishing experience. Conflicts with other sectors included competition with the commercial sector for limited resources, highlighting the importance of equitable resource allocation policies alongside HSs. We propose that RF be explicitly incorporated into HSs to ensure fisheries are ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable, and we recommend that fisheries organisations urgently review HSs for marine fisheries with a recreational component to close the harvest strategy gap among sectors.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This research was supported by a grant from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC 2019–021) and the New South Wales Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust (RFSWT DPIS050). HVS received financial support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany in the framework of marEEshift (project no. 01LC1826B). KH and WP were supported by funding from United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), One Ocean Hub (Grant Ref: NE/S008950/1).
Uncontrolled Keywords: fisheries management,fishing objectives,harvest strategy components,multi-sector fisheries,recreational experience,sectoral equitability,oceanography,ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics,aquatic science,management, monitoring, policy and law,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1900/1910
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2023 03:19
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2023 03:33
DOI: 10.1111/faf.12781

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