Insights into the users of a citizen science platform for collecting recreational fisheries data

Gundelund, Casper, Arlinghaus, Robert, Baktoft, Henrik, Hyder, Kieran ORCID:, Venturelli, Paul and Skov, Christian (2020) Insights into the users of a citizen science platform for collecting recreational fisheries data. Fisheries Research, 229. ISSN 0165-7836

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Citizen science platforms, including smartphone applications, that allow anglers to report information about fishing trips and catches may be a low-cost source of data that can feed into the science and management of recreational fisheries. However, information about potential biases in these data, such as the representativeness of user characteristics and retention patterns is largely lacking. Here, we examine the characteristics and retention patterns of the users of a Danish citizen science smartphone application and website that allow anglers to report data from fishing trips. Using data from a roving creel survey of sea trout (Salmo trutta) anglers as an independent source for calibration, we found that users of the citizen science platform were younger, more specialized, and had higher catch rates than non-users. On the citizen science platform, 21% of the users were active (i.e., contributed data at least once, three months after creating an account), with an additional 22% using the platform as a source of information (e.g., catch statistics or regulations) for at least three months. These sustained users were older and ascribed a higher importance to angling as a hobby compared to those who stopped using the platform within three months. Data from similar platforms are unlikely to be representative of all anglers and, as a result, research is required to determine what issues this will bring for population extrapolations.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: CG, CS and HBA received financial support by the Danish Rod and Net Fish License funds as well as funding from EMFF (European Marine Fisheries Funds) “Improving the basis for managing recreational fish stocks” (2016-2018). RA received funding through the EMFF of the EU and the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), (grant MV-I.18-LM-004, B 730117000069) and by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) (grants 01LC1826D and 033W046A).
Uncontrolled Keywords: recreation specialization,roving creel survey,sea trout,smartphone applications,user retention,aquatic science,sdg 14 - life below water ,/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 03:22
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2024 13:31
DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105597

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