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

Kieran Hyder*, Marc Simon Weltersbach, Mike Armstrong, Keno Ferter, Bryony Townhill, Anssi Ahvonen, Robert Arlinghaus, Andrei Baikov, Manuel Bellanger, Janis Birzaks, Trude Borch, Giulia Cambie, Martin deGraaf, Hugo M C Diogo, Łukasz Dziemian, Ana Gordoa, Ryszard Grzebielec, Bruce Hartill, Anders Kagervall, Kostas Kapiris & 36 others Martin Karlsson, Alf Ring Kleiven, Adam M Lejk, Harold Levrel, Sabrina Lovell, Jeremy Lyle, Pentti Moilanen, Graham Monkman, Beatriz Morales‐Nin, Estanis Mugerza, Roi Martinez, Paul O'Reilly, Hans Jakob Olesen, Anastasios Papadopoulos, Pablo Pita, Zachary Radford, Krzysztof Radtke, William Roche, Delphine Rocklin, Jon Ruiz, Callum Scougal, Roberto Silvestri, Christian Skov, Scott Steinback, Andreas Sundelöf, Arvydas Svagzdys, David Turnbull, Tessa van derHammen, David vanVoorhees, Frankwin vanWinsen, Thomas Verleye, Pedro Veiga, Jon‐Helge Vølstad, Lucia Zarauz, Tomas Zolubas, Harry V. Strehlow

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFish and Fisheries
Volume19
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)225-243
ISSN1467-2960
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • European marine recreational fisheries
  • fisheries assessment and management
  • fishing effort and expenditure
  • participation
  • surveys and monitoring of marine recreational fisheries

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Hyder, Kieran ; Weltersbach, Marc Simon ; Armstrong, Mike ; Ferter, Keno ; Townhill, Bryony ; Ahvonen, Anssi ; Arlinghaus, Robert ; Baikov, Andrei ; Bellanger, Manuel ; Birzaks, Janis ; Borch, Trude ; Cambie, Giulia ; deGraaf, Martin ; Diogo, Hugo M C ; Dziemian, Łukasz ; Gordoa, Ana ; Grzebielec, Ryszard ; Hartill, Bruce ; Kagervall, Anders ; Kapiris, Kostas ; Karlsson, Martin ; Kleiven, Alf Ring ; Lejk, Adam M ; Levrel, Harold ; Lovell, Sabrina ; Lyle, Jeremy ; Moilanen, Pentti ; Monkman, Graham ; Morales‐Nin, Beatriz ; Mugerza, Estanis ; Martinez, Roi ; O'Reilly, Paul ; Olesen, Hans Jakob ; Papadopoulos, Anastasios ; Pita, Pablo ; Radford, Zachary ; Radtke, Krzysztof ; Roche, William ; Rocklin, Delphine ; Ruiz, Jon ; Scougal, Callum ; Silvestri, Roberto ; Skov, Christian ; Steinback, Scott ; Sundelöf, Andreas ; Svagzdys, Arvydas ; Turnbull, David ; van derHammen, Tessa ; vanVoorhees, David ; vanWinsen, Frankwin ; Verleye, Thomas ; Veiga, Pedro ; Vølstad, Jon‐Helge ; Zarauz, Lucia ; Zolubas, Tomas ; Strehlow, Harry V. / Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context—Participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment. In: Fish and Fisheries. 2018 ; Vol. 19, No. 2. pp. 225-243.
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Hyder, K, Weltersbach, MS, Armstrong, M, Ferter, K, Townhill, B, Ahvonen, A, Arlinghaus, R, Baikov, A, Bellanger, M, Birzaks, J, Borch, T, Cambie, G, deGraaf, M, Diogo, HMC, Dziemian, Ł, Gordoa, A, Grzebielec, R, Hartill, B, Kagervall, A, Kapiris, K, Karlsson, M, Kleiven, AR, Lejk, AM, Levrel, H, Lovell, S, Lyle, J, Moilanen, P, Monkman, G, Morales‐Nin, B, Mugerza, E, Martinez, R, O'Reilly, P, Olesen, HJ, Papadopoulos, A, Pita, P, Radford, Z, Radtke, K, Roche, W, Rocklin, D, Ruiz, J, Scougal, C, Silvestri, R, Skov, C, Steinback, S, Sundelöf, A, Svagzdys, A, Turnbull, D, van derHammen, T, vanVoorhees, D, vanWinsen, F, Verleye, T, Veiga, P, Vølstad, JH, Zarauz, L, Zolubas, T & Strehlow, HV 2018, 'Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context—Participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment', Fish and Fisheries, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 225-243. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12251

Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context—Participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment. / Hyder, Kieran; Weltersbach, Marc Simon; Armstrong, Mike; Ferter, Keno; Townhill, Bryony; Ahvonen, Anssi; Arlinghaus, Robert; Baikov, Andrei; Bellanger, Manuel; Birzaks, Janis; Borch, Trude; Cambie, Giulia; deGraaf, Martin; Diogo, Hugo M C; Dziemian, Łukasz; Gordoa, Ana; Grzebielec, Ryszard; Hartill, Bruce; Kagervall, Anders; Kapiris, Kostas; Karlsson, Martin; Kleiven, Alf Ring; Lejk, Adam M; Levrel, Harold; Lovell, Sabrina; Lyle, Jeremy; Moilanen, Pentti; Monkman, Graham; Morales‐Nin, Beatriz; Mugerza, Estanis; Martinez, Roi; O'Reilly, Paul; Olesen, Hans Jakob; Papadopoulos, Anastasios; Pita, Pablo; Radford, Zachary; Radtke, Krzysztof; Roche, William; Rocklin, Delphine; Ruiz, Jon; Scougal, Callum; Silvestri, Roberto; Skov, Christian; Steinback, Scott; Sundelöf, Andreas; Svagzdys, Arvydas; Turnbull, David; van derHammen, Tessa; vanVoorhees, David; vanWinsen, Frankwin; Verleye, Thomas; Veiga, Pedro; Vølstad, Jon‐Helge; Zarauz, Lucia; Zolubas, Tomas; Strehlow, Harry V.

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AU - Townhill, Bryony

AU - Ahvonen, Anssi

AU - Arlinghaus, Robert

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AU - Bellanger, Manuel

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AU - Lovell, Sabrina

AU - Lyle, Jeremy

AU - Moilanen, Pentti

AU - Monkman, Graham

AU - Morales‐Nin, Beatriz

AU - Mugerza, Estanis

AU - Martinez, Roi

AU - O'Reilly, Paul

AU - Olesen, Hans Jakob

AU - Papadopoulos, Anastasios

AU - Pita, Pablo

AU - Radford, Zachary

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AU - Roche, William

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