The future of recreational fisheries:Advances in science, monitoring, management, and practice

Brownscombe, Jacob W., Hyder, Kieran ORCID:, Potts, Warren, Wilson, Kyle L., Pope, Kevin L., Danylchuk, Andy J., Cooke, Steven J., Clarke, Adrian, Arlinghaus, Robert and Post, John R. (2019) The future of recreational fisheries:Advances in science, monitoring, management, and practice. Fisheries Research, 211. pp. 247-255. ISSN 0165-7836

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Recreational fisheries (RF) are complex social-ecological systems that play an important role in aquatic environments while generating significant social and economic benefits around the world. The nature of RF is diverse and rapidly evolving, including the participants, their priorities and behaviors, and the related ecological impacts and social and economic benefits. RF can lead to negative ecological impacts, particularly through overexploitation of fish populations and spread of non-native species and genotypes through stocking. Hence, careful management and monitoring of RF is essential to sustain these ecologically and socioeconomically important resources. This special issue on recreational fisheries contains diverse research, syntheses, and perspectives that highlight the advances being made in RF research, monitoring, management, and practice, which we summarize here. Co-management actions are rising, often involving diverse interest groups including government and non-government organizations; applying collaborative management practices can help balance social and economic benefits with conservation targets. Technological and methodological advances are improving the ability to monitor biological, social, and economic dynamics of RF, which underpin the ability to maximize RF benefits through management actions. To ensure RF sustainability, much research focuses on the ecological aspects of RF, as well as the development of management and angling practices that reduce negative impacts on fish populations. For example, angler behavior can be influenced to conform to conservation-minded angling practices through regulations, but is often best accomplished through growing bottom-up social change movements. Anglers can also play an important role in fisheries monitoring and conservation, including providing data on fish abundance and assemblages (i.e., citizen science). The increasing impacts that growing human populations are having on the global environment are threatening many of the natural resources and ecosystem services they provide, including valuable RF. However, with careful development of research initiatives, monitoring and management, sustainable RF can generate positive outcomes for both society and natural ecosystems and help solve allocation conflicts with commercial fisheries and conservation.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: The 8th World Recreational Fishing Conference was held July 16-20, 2017 at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The conference was organized by the Freshwater Fishers Society of BC in cooperation with the Sport fishing Institute of BC and the WRFC8 International Scientific Advisory Board. The Board included John R. Post- Chair (Canada), Adrian Clarke- Local Arrangements (Canada), Sue Pollard (Canada), Robert Arlinghaus (Germany), Steven Cooke (Canada), Michel Dedual (New Zealand), Kevin Pope (USA), Ezequiel Theodoro da Silva (Brazil), Warren Potts (South Africa), Andy Danylchuk (USA), Jun-ichi Tsuboi (Japan), John Douglas (Australia), Rajeev Raghavan (India), Kieran Hyder (UK), Brett van Poorten (Canada), Brian Riddell (Canada) and Eli Fenichel (USA). Stimulating keynote presentations were offered by Rick Hanson, Brian Chan, Ray Hilborn, Steve Carpenter and Josh Abbott. In addition, the 227 contributed presentations and 40 posters provided a very exciting and enlightening international view of global recreational fisheries for the 398 participants to the conference. We also acknowledge our sponsors and trade show exhibitors for providing funding for an exciting venue and networking events for all participants. The full Conference Program and list of sponsors is available at: . Brownscombe is supported by a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and Bonefish and Tarpon Trust . Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. The Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is jointly supported by a cooperative agreement among the U.S. Geological Survey, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the University of Nebraska, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wildlife Management Institute. Publisher Copyright: © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
Uncontrolled Keywords: conservation,ecological impacts,ecotourism,natural resources,sustainability,aquatic science,sdg 8 - decent work and economic growth ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1104
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental 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 03:22
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 03:07
DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2018.10.019

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