Research and management priorities for Atlantic marine recreational fisheries in Southern Europe

Pita, Pablo, Artetxe, Iñaqui, Diogo, Hugo, Gomes, Pedro, Gordoa, Ana, Hyder, Kieran ORCID:, Pereira, João, Pita, Cristina, Rangel, Mafalda, Garcia-Rodrigues, João, Sagué, Oscar, Veiga, Pedro, Vingada, José and Villasante, Sebastián (2017) Research and management priorities for Atlantic marine recreational fisheries in Southern Europe. Marine Policy, 86. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0308-597X

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Marine Recreational Fishing (MRF) is an important activity in Europe, with 9 million fishers and generating annually € 6 billion in direct expenditures. However, there is a lack of data and understanding of MRF in Europe, particularly in Southern countries, which prevents a number of fish stocks from being effectively assessed and managed. In November 2016, a participatory workshop on MRF was held in Vigo (Spain) to identify challenges and opportunities for data collection, and to diagnose key research gaps and management issues for MRF in the Southern European Atlantic. Experts from a wide range of disciplines (researchers, policy makers, fisheries managers and commercial and recreational fishers) highlighted that the management of MRF is a challenge due to complex and dispersed legal frameworks, with multiple administrations involved, and overlapping uses of space with commercial fishing, aquaculture, navigation and tourism, among others. The lack of strong and representative fishing associations hampers research and management initiatives. Effective communication between recreational fishers, researchers and fisheries managers is also lacking. Despite the ecological, social and economic relevance of MRF, there is no systematic and comprehensive collection of information on fishing effort, recreational catches, expenses, social profile and access conditions of European recreational fishers. These data would be useful to avoid biases in the assessment of recreational fisheries due to the great diversity of ecosystems, species and typologies of users. Strategic recommendations and research priorities were also identified to address knowledge gaps and are discussed in the context of the management of MRF across Europe.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: The 1st Workshop on Recreational Fishing on the Iberian Atlantic Coast was co-convened by the Federación Gallega de Pesca Marítima Responsible y Náutica de Recreo , WWF-Spain, the Federación Gallega de Actividades Subacuáticas , the International Forum for Sustainable Underwater Activities and the Universities of Santiago de Compostela, Minho and Aveiro. The workshop was also supported by the Confederación Española de Pesca Recreativa Responsible , the Federación Galega de Confrarías de Pescadores and the Autonomous Government of Galicia . The workshop was funded by the Autonomous Government of Galicia, RECREGES project under Grant [ ED481B2014/034-0 ], by the conveners and through financial contributions of Baitra Accesorios Navales , Disvent Ingenieros, Jesús Betanzos Efectos Navales, Talleres Franinox and Yamaha . CP would also like to acknowledge FCT/MEC national funds and FEDER co-funding, within the PT2020 partnership Agreement and Compete 2020, for the financial support to CESAM , under Grant [ UID/AMB/50017/2013 ]. Publisher Copyright: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment,atlantic ocean,management and research priorities,marine recreational fisheries,participatory workshop,aquatic science,environmental science(all),economics and econometrics,management, monitoring, policy and law,law,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1104
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2023 03:23
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2023 03:00
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.08.030

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