Marine recreational fishing and the implications of climate change

Bryony L. Townhill, Zachary Radford, Gretta Pecl, Ingrid van Putten, John K. Pinnegar, Kieran Hyder

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-992
Number of pages16
JournalFish and Fisheries
Volume20
Issue number5
Early online date15 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

Keywords

  • adaptation
  • angling
  • catch
  • distribution shifts
  • motivation
  • tourism
  • COD GADUS-MORHUA
  • ANGLER MOTIVATIONS
  • FOOD-CONSUMPTION
  • RAPID ASSESSMENT
  • RANGE SHIFTS
  • PELAGIC FISH
  • GROWTH
  • ASSEMBLAGE
  • FUTURE
  • SIZE

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