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Integrating complementary survey methods to estimate catches in Norway’s complex marine recreational hook-and-line fishery


Ferter, K and Ottera, H and Christman, M and Kleiven, AR and Weltersbach, MS and Gundersen, S and Djonne, C and Bjelland, O and Hartill, B and Lyle, J and Hyder, K and Borch, T and Volstad, JH, Integrating complementary survey methods to estimate catches in Norway's complex marine recreational hook-and-line fishery, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 80, (1) pp. 107-121. ISSN 1054-3139 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsac216


Marine recreational fishing is popular in Norway, but current estimates of the catches by resident and tourist anglers are lacking due to several challenges, in particular Norway’s long and intricate coastline with no defined access points and the large tourist fishery. To test methods for long-term monitoring of boat-based marine recreational anglers, estimate their catches, and characterize the fishery, we conducted a roving creel survey based on a novel spatial sampling frame and a survey of tourist fishing businesses in Troms and Hordaland County. These surveys showed that cod (Gadus morhua) and saithe (Pollachius virens) dominated the catches in Troms, while mackerel (Scomber scombrus) and saithe dominated the catches in Hordaland. The estimated total annual harvest of cod by all marine recreational anglers was 2 160 tonnes (relative standard error, or RSE 44%) in Troms and 73 tonnes (RSE 29%) in Hordaland, of which ∼40% (in weight) were landed in registered tourist fishing businesses, based on data from the tourist fishing survey. The results indicate that recreational anglers in Hordaland harvest more cod in coastal waters than commercial fishers. This study provides information for developing marine recreational fisheries monitoring in challenging survey situations to support science-based fisheries management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:recreational fishing survey, Norway, access point survey, catch estimation, Norwegian coastal cod, off-site survey, probabilistic surveys, recreational fishing, roving creel survey
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 marine
UTAS Author:Lyle, J (Associate Professor Jeremy Lyle)
ID Code:155175
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2023-01-31
Last Modified:2023-02-02

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