Data collection needs for recreational fisheries

ICES releases advice on data collection needs for recreational fisheries.
Published: 21 August 2015
​​​​​​Recreational fishery catches can be similar in size to some commercial fishing fleets, but have not been accounted for until recently in stock assessments.

Chairs of ICES Wor​king Group on Recreational Fisheries Surveys​, Harry Strehlow and Kieran Hyder, highlighted the issue in ICES Insight 2014.

Today, ICES has delivered advice to the European Commission highlighting​ four of the major ​​​​drivers for the collection of​ recreational fisheries data. These include the need to quantify the total catch for stocks to give accurate advice on the fishing opportunities, the requirement of information for the design and evaluation of management measures specific to recreational fisheries, the development and evaluation of management strategies involving recreational fisheries, and to support the development of marine spatial planning.​

Today's advice also addresses what types of data are needed and how these data could be used in stock assessment and fishery management advice

The full advice is now available in the ICES Library​.​


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Data collection needs for recreational fisheries

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