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Preparing for a changing future in recreational fisheries: 100 research questions for global consideration emerging from a horizon scan


Holder, PE and Jeanson, AL and Lennox, RJ and Brownscombe, JW and Arlinghaus, R and Danylchuk, AJ and Bower, SD and Hyder, K and Hunt, LM and Fenichel, EP and Venturelli, PA and Thorstad, EB and Allen, MS and Potts, WM and Clark-Danylchuk, S and Claussen, JE and Lyle, JM and Tsuboi, J and Brummett, R and Freire, KMF and Tracey, SR and Skov, C and Cooke, SJ, Preparing for a changing future in recreational fisheries: 100 research questions for global consideration emerging from a horizon scan, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 30 pp. 137-151. ISSN 0960-3166 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11160-020-09595-y


Recreational fisheries hold immense ecological, social, and economic value. The management of these fisheries is increasingly important as we move forward in the Anthropocene. Recreational fisheries managers face several challenges as fisheries often involve diverse social and ecological systems comprised of complex feedback and stakeholder motivations and needs. Here, we used a horizon scanning exercise to yield 100 research questions related to recreational fisheries science and management in the Anthropocene. Initial research questions (n = 205) were collected from recreational fisheries experts (i.e., stakeholders, managers, researchers) from various sectors (i.e., industry, government, NGOs) and geographic locations (14 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA). These questions were subsequently categorized, thematized, and refined by our authorship team, eventually yielding what we considered to be the top 100 research questions of relevance to management of recreational fisheries. The key themes include: human dimensions; bioeconomics; resource monitoring and data acquisition; governance; managementóregulatory actions; managementóstock and habitat enhancement; catch-and-release; impacts of recreational fisheries on populations, communities and ecosystems; threats and sustainability; and angler outreach, education and engagement. It is our intention that this comprehensive and forward-looking list will create a framework to guide future research within this field, and contribute to evidence-based recreational fisheries management and policy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:recreational fisheries, fisheries management, global fisheries, research priorities, biodiversity, conservation
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
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)
UTAS Author:Tracey, SR (Associate Professor Sean Tracey)
ID Code:137480
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:34
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2020-02-17
Last Modified:2020-12-07

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