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Marine recreational fishing and the implications of climate change


Townhill, BL and Radford, Z and Pecl, G and van Putten, I and Pinnegar, JK and Hyder, K, Marine recreational fishing and the implications of climate change, Fish and Fisheries, 20, (5) pp. 977-992. ISSN 1467-2960 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/faf.12392


Marine recreational fishing is popular globally and benefits coastal economies and people's well-being. For some species, it represents a large component of fish landings. Climate change is anticipated to affect recreational fishing in many ways, creating opportunities and challenges. Rising temperatures or changes in storms and waves are expected to impact the availability of fish to recreational fishers, through changes in recruitment, growth and survival. Shifts in distribution are also expected, affecting the location that target species can be caught. Climate change also threatens the safety of fishing. Opportunities may be reduced owing to rougher conditions, and costs may be incurred if gear is lost or damaged in bad weather. However, not all effects are expected to be negative. Where weather conditions change favourably, participation rates could increase, and desirable species may become available in new areas. Drawing on examples from the UK and Australia, we synthesize existing knowledge to develop a conceptual model of climate-driven factors that could impact marine recreational fisheries, in terms of operations, participation and motivation. We uncover the complex pathways of drivers that underpin the recreational sector. Climate changes may have global implications on the behaviour of recreational fishers and on catches and local economies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adaptation, angling, catch, distribution shifts, motivation, tourism
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Pecl, G (Professor Gretta Pecl)
UTAS Author:van Putten, I (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
ID Code:137826
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2020-03-05
Last Modified:2020-06-12
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