Does recreational catch impact the TAC for commercial fisheries?

Margit Eero, H. V. Strehlow, C. M. Adams, Morten Vinther

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The western Baltic cod is one of the first fish stocks in Europe that, since 2013, includes recreational catches in stock assessment and fisheries
management advice. In this paper, we investigate the sensitivity of the calculated commercial total allowable catch (TAC) to including recreational
catches in stock assessment. Our results show that the most crucial aspect in terms of the impact on commercial TAC is the assumption on recreational
catch dynamics relative to that of commercial fisheries used in forecast. The results were less sensitive to the information on the historical
amount and age structure of recreational catch. Our study is intended to inform potential debates related to resource allocation between
the commercial and recreational sectors and contribute to developing a general framework for incorporating recreational catches in fisheries
management advice in ICES
Original languageEnglish
JournalICES Journal of Marine Science
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)450-457
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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