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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 Trude Borch 9 Giulia Cambie 1 Martin de Graaf 10 Hugo Diogo 11 Łukasz Dziemian 12 Ana Gordoa 13 Ryszard Grzebielec 12 Bruce Hartill 14 Anders Kagervall 15 Kostas Kapiris 16 Martin Karlsson 15 Alf Ring Kleiven 3 Adam Lejk 12 Harold Levrel 17 Sabrina Lovell 18 Jeremy Lyle 19 Pentti Moilanen 4 Graham Monkman 20 Beatriz Morales-Nin 21 Estanis Mugerza 22 Roi Martinez 1 Paul O'Reilly 23 Hans Jakob Olesen 24 Anastasios Papadopoulos 25 Pablo Pita 26 Zachary Radford 1 Krzysztof Radtke 12 William Roche 23 Delphine Rocklin 27 Jon Ruiz 22 Callum Scougal 1 Robert Silvestri 28 Christian Skov 24 Scott Steinback 29 Andreas Sundelöf 15 Arvydas Svagzdys David Turnbull 30 Tessa van der Hammen 10 David van Voorhees 18 Frankwin van Winsen 31 Thomas Verleye 32 Pedro Veiga 33 Jon Vølstad 3 Lucia Zarauz 22 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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