Technological innovations in the recreational fishing sector: Implications for fisheries management and policy

Cooke, Steven J., Venturelli, Paul, Twardek, William M., Lennox, Robert J., Brownscombe, Jacob W., Skov, Christian, Hyder, Kieran ORCID:, Suski, Cory D., Diggles, Ben K., Arlinghaus, Robert and Danylchuk, Andy J. (2021) Technological innovations in the recreational fishing sector: Implications for fisheries management and policy. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 31 (2). pp. 253-288. ISSN 0960-3166

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Technology that is developed for or adopted by the recreational fisheries sector (e.g., anglers and the recreational fishing industry) has led to rapid and dramatic changes in how recreational anglers interact with fisheries resources. From improvements in finding and catching fish to emulating their natural prey and accessing previously inaccessible waters, to anglers sharing their exploits with others, technology is completely changing all aspects of recreational fishing. These innovations would superficially be viewed as positive from the perspective of the angler (aside from the financial cost of purchasing some technologies), yet for the fisheries manager and policy maker, technology may create unintended challenges that lead to reactionary or even ill-defined approaches as they attempt to keep up with these changes. The goal of this paper is to consider how innovations in recreational fishing are changing the way that anglers interact with fish, and thus how recreational fisheries management is undertaken. We use a combination of structured reviews and expert analyses combined with descriptive case studies to highlight the many ways that technology is influencing recreational fishing practice, and, relatedly, what it means for changing how fisheries and/or these technologies need to be managed—from changes in fish capture, to fish handling, to how anglers share information with each other and with managers. Given that technology is continually evolving, we hope that the examples provided here lead to more and better monitoring of technological innovations and engagement by the management and policy authorities with the recreational fishing sector. Doing so will ensure that management actions related to emerging and evolving recreational fishing technology are more proactive than reactive.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: Cooke is supported by Genome Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and Genome Canada. Twardek is also supported by NSERC. Arlinghaus received funding through the European Union (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund) and the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany) (Grant MV-I.18-LM-004, B 730117000069), and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Grants 01LC1826E and 033W046A). Skov is supported by the European Commission Data Collection Framework and the Danish Rod and Net Fish License Funds. Danylchuk is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Department of Environmental Conservation at U Mass Amherst. We are grateful to several referees including Bruce Mann. Publisher Copyright: © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG part of Springer Nature.
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation,management,policy,recreational fishing,technology,aquatic science ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1104
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2023 03:21
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2023 03:26
DOI: 10.1007/s11160-021-09643-1

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