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

Kieran Hyder 1 Marc Simon Weltersbach 2 Mike Armstrong 1 Keno Ferter 3 Bryony Townhill 1 Anssi Ahvonen 4 Robert Arlinghaus 5, 6 Andrei Baikov 7 Manuel Bellanger 8 Janis Birzaks 9 Trude Borch 10 Giulia Cambie 1 Martin de Graaf 11 Hugo Diogo 12 Łukasz Dziemian 13 Ana Gordoa 14 Ryszard Grzebielec 13 Bruce Hartill 15 Anders Kagervall 16 Kostas Kapiris 17 Martin Karlsson 16 Alf Ring Kleiven 3 Adam Lejk 13 Harold Levrel 18 Sabrina Lovell 19 Jeremy Lyle 20 Pentti Moilanen 4 Graham Monkman 21 Beatriz Morales-Nin 22 Estanis Mugerza 23 Roi Martinez 1 Paul O'Reilly 24 Hans Jakob Olesen 25 Anastasios Papadopoulos 26 Pablo Pita 27 Zachary Radford 1 Krzysztof Radtke 13 William Roche 24 Delphine Rocklin 28 Jon Ruiz 23 Callum Scougal 1 Robert Silvestri 29 Christian Skov 25 Scott Steinback 30 Andreas Sundelöf 16 Arvydas Svagzdys David Turnbull 31 Tessa van der Hammen 11 David van Voorhees 19 Frankwin van Winsen 32 Thomas Verleye 33 Pedro Veiga 34 Jon Vølstad 3 Lucia Zarauz 23 Tomas Zolubas Harry Strehlow 2
Abstract : 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, Wiley-Blackwell, 2018, 19 (2), pp.225-243. ⟨10.1111/faf.12251⟩. ⟨hal-01939789⟩

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