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Recreational Sea Fishing in Europe Participation Rates, Fishing Effort and Expenditure in a Global Context


Hyder, K and Weltersbach, MS and Armstrong, M and Ferter, K and Townhill, B and Ahvonen, A and Arlinghaus, R and Baikov, A and Bellanger, M and Birzaks, J and Borch, R and Cambie, G and Dziemian, L and de Graaf, M and Gordoa, A and Grzebielec, R and Hartill, B and Kagervall, A and Kapiris, K and Karlsson, M and Kleiven, AR and Lejk, AM and Levrel, H and Lovell, S and Lyle, JM and Moilanen, P and Monkman, G and Morales-Nin, B and Mugerza, E and Martinez, R and O'Reilly, P and Oleson, HJ and Papadopoulos, A and Pita, P and Radkte, K and Roche, W and Rocklin, D and Ruiz, J and Scougal, C and Silvestri, R and Skov, C and Steinback, S and Sundelof, A and Svagzdys, A and Turnbull, D and Van Voorhees, D and Van Winsen, F and Verleye, T and Viega, P and Volstad, J-H and Van der Hammen, T and Zarauz, L and Zolubas, T and Strehlow, HV, Recreational Sea Fishing in Europe - Participation Rates, Fishing Effort and Expenditure in a Global Context, Abstracts from the World Recreational Fishing Conference 8, 2017, 16-20 July, Victoria, Canada (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Marine recreational fishing (MRF) is a high-participation activity with large economic value and social benefits globally, with separate catch allocations for commercial and recreational fisheries common in some countries. Although reporting of recreational catches has been a European legislative requirement since 2002, robust estimates of MRF are only available for some countries. In this study, the numbers of anglers, participation rates, days fished, expenditures and catches of two key species were synthesised to provide estimates of MRF in Europe. National data were collated by local experts and, where surveys did not exist, combined with extrapolations from donor countries corrected for population size or GDP. We estimated that there were 8.7 million European recreational sea fishers and a participation rate of 1.6%. Each year, 77.6 million days were fished and direct expenditure was 5.9 billion. Higher participation, numbers of fishers, days fished, effort, and expenditure was found in the Atlantic than in the Mediterranean region. Comparisons with other regions globally showed that MRF participation rates were higher in Oceania and the U.S., but expenditure was lower than the U.S. In contrast, participation rates, days fished and expenditure were higher in Europe than South America and Africa. Removals by MRF represented 27% of the total removals for European sea bass and western Baltic cod. These estimates highlight the importance of the European MRF and the need for collection of MRF data that can be used for stock assessment and fisheries management, leading to sustainable use of European marine fishery resources.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Recreational sea fishing, participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - recreational freshwater
UTAS Author:Lyle, JM (Associate Professor Jeremy Lyle)
ID Code:119442
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2017-08-01
Last Modified:2017-08-03
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