Unexpectedly high catch-and-release rates in European marine recreational fisheries:Implications for science and management

Ferter, Keno, Weltersbach, Marc Simon, Strehlow, Harry Vincent, Vølstad, Jon Helge, Alós, Josep, Arlinghaus, Robert, Armstrong, Mike, Dorow, Malte, de Graaf, Martin, van der Hammen, Tessa, Hyder, Kieran ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1428-5679, Levrel, Harold, Paulrud, Anton, Radtke, Krzysztof, Rocklin, Delphine, Sparrevohn, Claus Reedtz and Veiga, Pedro (2013) Unexpectedly high catch-and-release rates in European marine recreational fisheries:Implications for science and management. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 70 (7). pp. 1319-1329. ISSN 1054-3139

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While catch-and-release (C&R) is a well-known practice in several European freshwater recreational fisheries, studies on the magnitude and impact of this practice in European marine recreational fisheries are limited. To provide an overview of the practice and magnitude of C&R among marine recreational anglers in Europe, the existing knowledge of C&R and its potential associated release mortality was collected and summarized. The present study revealed that in several European countries over half of the total recreational catch is released by marine anglers. High release proportions of >60% were found for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), pollack (Pollachius pollachius), and sea trout (Salmo trutta) in at least one of the studied European countries. In the case of the German recreational Baltic Sea cod fishery, release proportions varied considerably between years, presumably tracking a strong year class of undersized fish. Reasons for release varied between countries and species, and included legal restrictions (e.g. minimum landing sizes and daily bag limits) and voluntary C&R. Considering the magnitude of C&R practice among European marine recreational anglers, post-release mortalities of released fish may need to be accounted for in estimated fishing mortalities. However, as the survival rates of European marine species are mostly unknown, there is a need to conduct post-release survival studies and to identify factors affecting post-release survival. Such studies could also assist in developing species-specific, best-practice guidelines to minimize the impacts of C&R on released marine fish in Europe.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: Part of this work was cofunded by the European Commission’s Data Collection Framework. The project in Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania was funded by the European FIFG (Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance 2000–2006, 75%) and the State of Mecklenburg–Vorpommern (25%). Further funding was provided by the Adaptfish and Besatzfisch projects to RA through the Leibniz-Association (www.adaptfish.igb-berlin.de) and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research in the Program on Social-Ecological Research (grant #01UU0907, www. besatz-fisch.de).
Uncontrolled Keywords: angler behaviour,angling,catch-and-release,european recreational fisheries,fishing mortality,motivation,post-release mortality,recreational fisheries management,survival,oceanography,ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics,aquatic science,ecology,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1900/1910
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2023 03:23
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 03:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/93819
DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fst104

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