Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context—Participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment

Hyder, Kieran ORCID:, Weltersbach, Marc Simon, Armstrong, Mike, Ferter, Keno, Townhill, Bryony, Ahvonen, Anssi, Arlinghaus, Robert, Baikov, Andrei, Bellanger, Manuel, Birzaks, Janis, Borch, Trude, Cambie, Giulia, de Graaf, Martin, Diogo, Hugo M.C., Dziemian, Łukasz, Gordoa, Ana, Grzebielec, Ryszard, Hartill, Bruce, Kagervall, Anders, Kapiris, Kostas, Karlsson, Martin, Kleiven, Alf Ring, Lejk, Adam M., Levrel, Harold, Lovell, Sabrina, Lyle, Jeremy, Moilanen, Pentti, Monkman, Graham, Morales-Nin, Beatriz, Mugerza, Estanis, Martinez, Roi, O'Reilly, Paul, Olesen, Hans Jakob, Papadopoulos, Anastasios, Pita, Pablo, Radford, Zachary, Radtke, Krzysztof, Roche, William, Rocklin, Delphine, Ruiz, Jon, Scougal, Callum, Silvestri, Roberto, Skov, Christian, Steinback, Scott, Sundelöf, Andreas, Svagzdys, Arvydas, Turnbull, David, van der Hammen, Tessa, van Voorhees, David, van Winsen, Frankwin, Verleye, Thomas, Veiga, Pedro, Vølstad, Jon-Helge, Zarauz, Lucia, Zolubas, Tomas and Strehlow, Harry V. (2018) Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context—Participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment. Fish and Fisheries, 19 (2). pp. 225-243. ISSN 1467-2960

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Marine recreational fishing (MRF) is a high-participation activity with large economic value and social benefits globally, and it impacts on some fish stocks. Although reporting MRF catches is a European Union legislative requirement, estimates are only available for some countries. Here, data on numbers of fishers, participation rates, days fished, expenditures, and catches of two widely targeted species were synthesized to provide European estimates of MRF and placed in the global context. Uncertainty assessment was not possible due to incomplete knowledge of error distributions; instead, a semi-quantitative bias assessment was made. There were an estimated 8.7 million European recreational sea fishers corresponding to a participation rate of 1.6%. An estimated 77.6 million days were fished, and expenditure was €5.9 billion annually. There were higher participation, numbers of fishers, days fished and expenditure in the Atlantic than the Mediterranean, but the Mediterranean estimates were generally less robust. Comparisons with other regions showed that European MRF participation rates and expenditure were in the mid-range, with higher participation in Oceania and the United States, higher expenditure in the United States, and lower participation and expenditure in South America and Africa. For both northern European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax, Moronidae) and western Baltic cod (Gadus morhua, Gadidae) stocks, MRF represented 27% of the total removals. This study highlights the importance of MRF and the need for bespoke, regular and statistically sound data collection to underpin European fisheries management. Solutions are proposed for future MRF data collection in Europe and other regions to support sustainable fisheries management.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: K.H., M.A., R.M., Z.R., C.S. and B.T. were supported by the ?epartment for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (?efra) contracts M1221 (“A Survey of Shore-based and Private Boat Recreational Sea Angling Activity and Economic Value of Sea Angling in England”), MF1230 (“Citizen Science Investigations”) and MI001 (“Management of Recreational Marine Fisheries”). T.V. was funded under the European Fishery Fund—Axis 4 (approved by FLAG) and the GIFS project (Interreg IVa 2 Seas), and Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ) operating budgets. F.V.W. was funded under the European Fishery Fund—Axis 4 and by the European Commission’s ?ata Collection Framework (?CF). H.V.S., M.S.W., K.R., R.G., Ł.?. and A.M.L. have been cofunded by the European Commission’s ?ata Collection Framework (?CF). The German 1-year telephone-diary study from 2014/2015 was cofunded by the State ?epartment of Agriculture, Food Security and Fisheries Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (LALLF M-V). M.?.G. and T.V.?.H. were financed by the ?utch Ministry of Economic Affairs as part of the WOT (Wettelijke Onderzoekstaken) programme. M.B., H.L. and ?.R. have been co-funded by the ?CF and acknowledge support from the French ministry in charge of fisheries management and IFREMER. K.K. was supported by the Greek National ?ata Collection Programme. P.P. was funded by the I2C Plan of the Government of Galicia— RECREGES project (E?481B2014/034-0). E.M., J.R. and L.Z. were funded by the ?epartment of Environment, Planning, Agriculture and Fisheries from the Basque Government under the European Fishery Fund. K.F., A.R.K. and J.H.V. were funded by the tourist fishing project (“Kartlegging av turistfiske”), which is part of the Coastal Zone Ecosystem Program at the Institute of Marine Research, and the project “A framework for science-based management of marine recreational fisheries in Norway” (267808) funded by The Research Council of Norway. The authors thank Annemarie Schütz for her help with the graphic design of the figures. Publisher Copyright: © 2017 The Authors. Fish and Fisheries published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: european marine recreational fisheries,fisheries assessment and management,fishing effort and expenditure,participation,surveys and monitoring of marine recreational fisheries,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
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)
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Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2023 03:23
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 03:08
DOI: 10.1111/faf.12251

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