Ongoing: survey on marine recreational fishing

The main objective of this survey is to obtain information from recreational fishermen on what the recreational fishing situation is in their country in times of global pandemic (Covid-19). We kindly ask you to share this survey within your networks.

Link to the questionnaire:

International (English);
Spain and South America (Spanish);
France (French);
Belgium (Dutch);
Italy (Italian).

The survey tackles the heterogeneity of fishermen (in terms of lifestyle, catch-related and non catch-related preferences, extent of non-fatal catch practices) to help in the design of MRF data collection frameworks and data analysis. It also looks at the socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on MRF.

The survey was developed by the Spanish Working Group on Marine Recreational Fisheries (SWG-MRF), an informal group of researchers working on different aspects of MRF in Spain. The group aims to unify efforts, share knowledge and channel research on MRF. It arose from the SICORE project, whose main achievement was to organize and hold the 1st International Symposium on MRF (September 2018, Vigo, Spain). The SWG-MRF includes researchers from public universities (Santiago de Compostela, Murcia, Oviedo, Girona, Alicante, La Laguna, Las Palmas), public research organisations (CSIC, IEO, AZTI), NGOs and technicians from regional fisheries administrations, as well as MRF practitioners (mostly associations).

Last phase of the MaReFish project

In the framework of the MareFish Project, the University of Murcia has studied the biological, ecological and socio-economic impact of recreational fishing, in relation to marine ecosystems conservation efforts in the Cabo de Palos – Islas Hormigas marine reserve. In addition to questionnaire surveys to recreational fishing practictioners and regular sampling of fishing practices in the study area, meetings with charter companies, NGOs and individual fishers were held.

MaReFish: Characterisation of marine recreational fisheries around Cabo de Palos – Islas Hormigas marine reserve
MaReFish: Characterisation of marine recreational fisheries around Cabo de Palos – Islas Hormigas marine reserve

Guidelines for monitoring Marine Recreational Fisheries in the Mediterranean are under preparation.

This project is funded by the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The project was selected in the framework of the MedPAN Regular Call for Small Projects. It started in July 2019 and should be completed by October 2020.

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