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

1 CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science [Lowestoft]
2 Institute of Baltic Sea Fishery (OSF)
3 IMR - Institute of Marine Research [Bergen]
4 LUKE - Natural Resources Institute Finland
5 HU Berlin - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin = Humboldt University of Berlin = Université Humboldt de Berlin
6 IGB - Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei
7 University of Tartu
8 AMURE - Aménagement des Usages des Ressources et des Espaces marins et littoraux - Centre de droit et d'économie de la mer
9 BIOR - Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment
10 Akvaplan-Niva [Tromsø]
11 WUR - Wageningen University and Research [Wageningen]
12 Department of Oceanography and Fisheries [Horta]
13 National Marine Fisheries Research Institute
14 CEAB - Centre d'Estudis Avançats de Blanes
15 NIWA - National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research [Auckland]
16 SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences = Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
17 HCMR - Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
18 CIRED - centre international de recherche sur l'environnement et le développement
19 NMFS - NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
20 IMAS - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies [Hobart]
21 School of Ocean Sciences [Menai Bridge]
22 IMEDEA - Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avancats
23 AZTI - Tecnalia
24 Inland Fisheries Ireland
25 DTU Aqua, National Institute of Aquatic Resources
26 USC - Universidade de Santiago de Compostela [Spain]
27 MUN - Memorial University of Newfoundland = Université Memorial de Terre-Neuve [St. John's, Canada]
28 C.I.B.M. - Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata
29 NEFSC - Northeast Fisheries Science Center
30 Marine Scotland
31 ILVO - Research Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food
32 Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee
33 CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences [Faro]
Estanis Mugerza
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Paul O'Reilly
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Jon Ruiz
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Arvydas Svagzdys
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David Turnbull
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Lucia Zarauz
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Tomas Zolubas
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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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Kieran Hyder, Marc Simon Weltersbach, Mike Armstrong, Keno Ferter, Bryony Townhill, et al.. Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context-Participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment. Fish and Fisheries, 2018, 19 (2), pp.225-243. ⟨10.1111/faf.12251⟩. ⟨hal-01939789⟩
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