Recreational fishery—Screening and history (REFISH) (39700)

Project Details


Aim of the project is to improve the data basis for the biological advice for fish stocks exploited by both the commercial and the recreational fisheries, thereby enhancing sustainable stocks. This is done by uncovering how much, where and what species are caught in the Danish recreational fishing, including optimizing input for the advice and stock assessment for the population of the western Baltic cod.

In the short term, scientific advice is improved through the stock assessment, while a sustainable development of the management of the species relevant for both the commercial and recreational fisheries is ensured in the long term. This is done by screening for which species in the recreational fishing in Denmark have a potential impact on the overall fishing mortality. The total catch estimates (harvested and released fish) from recreational fishing are compared with the commercial catches from the same stock.
For western Baltic cod, biological samples are collected from ICES SD22 and a time series for catches is created for ICES SD23.

The project is expected to provide insight into the seasonality and spatial distribution of catches and efforts in recreational fishing, as well as specific new insights into catch rates from spearfishing, a recreational fishing form, which in later years has become increasingly popular. Data is collected from recreational fishing license holders selected (anglers and passive gear fishing), via questionnaire surveys, a panel of anglers keeping a catch journal, as well as on-site surveys.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua (coordinator)

The project is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Danish Fisheries Agency.

Research area: Marine Living Resources
Research area: Fisheries Management
Research area: Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology
Effective start/end date13/06/201917/10/2021


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