Expert opinion on using angler Smartphone apps to inform marine fisheries management: Status, prospects, and needs

Skov, Christian, Hyder, Kieran ORCID:, Gundelund, Casper, Ahvonen, Anssi, Baudrier, Jérôme, Borch, Trude, deCarvalho, Sara, Erzini, Karim, Ferter, Keno, Grati, Fabio, van der Hammen, Tessa, Hinriksson, Jan, Houtman, Rob, Kagervall, Anders, Kapiris, Kostas, Karlsson, Martin, Lejk, Adam M., Lyle, Jeremy M., Martinez-Escauriaza, Roi, Moilanen, Pentti, Mugerza, Estanis, Olesen, Hans Jakob, Papadopoulos, Anastasios, Pita, Pablo, Pontes, João, Radford, Zachary, Radtke, Krzysztof, Rangel, Mafalda, Sagué, Oscar, Sande, Hege A., Strehlow, Harry V., Tutiņš, Rūdolfs, Veiga, Pedro, Verleye, Thomas, Vølstad, Jon Helge, Watson, Joseph W., Weltersbach, Marc Simon, Ustups, Didzis and Venturelli, Paul A. (2021) Expert opinion on using angler Smartphone apps to inform marine fisheries management: Status, prospects, and needs. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 78 (3). pp. 967-978. ISSN 1054-3139

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2021 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea 2021. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: catch rates,citizen science,fishing effort,human dimensions,survey methods,oceanography,ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics,aquatic science,ecology,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1900/1910
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2023 03:21
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2023 03:00
DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsaa243

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