The nationwide assessment of marine recreational fishing: A French example

Type Article
Date 2013-06
Language English
Author(s) Herfaut Johanna1, Levrel Harold1, Thebaud OlivierORCID1, Veron GerardORCID2
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, UMR AMURE, Marine Econ Unit, UEM, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : IFREMER, Lab Halieut Biol, Dept Halieut Sci & Technol, LBH, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
Source Ocean & Coastal Management (0964-5691) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2013-06 , Vol. 78 , P. 121-131
DOI 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.02.026
WOS© Times Cited 43
Abstract In 2006, IFREMER, with the help of the polling institute BVA, implemented a national pilot study of recreational fishing. Taking into account all the different fishing methods, from shellfish gathering to offshore angling, including spear-fishing, this study was designed to provide estimates of (i) the number of recreational fishers in France, (ii) recreational fishing effort; (iii) catches and landings; (iv) the economic impacts of recreational fishing, and to develop a classification of recreational fishers. A two-part method was adopted: a random-digit-dialing (ROD) survey combined with an on-site survey. The data collected from telephone and on-site surveys were compared and then used in combination to provide a reliable estimate of this growing activity in France. Recreational fishers are estimated at around 2.5 million, with the total catch estimated at 24,000 t of fish and 3100 t of shellfish. Fishing expenditure was estimated at between 1200 and 2000 million euros.
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