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Scale-and context-dependent selection of recreational harvest estimation methods: The Australasian experience


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Hartill, BW, Cryer, M, Lyle, JM, Rees, EB, Ryan, KL, Steffe, AS, Taylor, SM, West, L and Wise, BS 2012 , 'Scale-and context-dependent selection of recreational harvest estimation methods: The Australasian experience' , North American Journal of Fisheries Management, vol. 32, no. 1 , pp. 109-123 , doi: 10.1080/02755947.2012.661387.

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Fisheries managers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to quantify all forms of harvest, including that by recreational fishers. This need has been driven by both a growing recognition of the potential impact that noncommercial fishers can have on exploited resources and the requirement to allocate catch limits between different
sectors of the wider fishing community in many jurisdictions. Marine recreational fishers are rarely required to report any of their activity, and some form of survey technique is usually required to estimate levels of recreational catch and effort. In this review, we describe and discuss studies that have attempted to estimate the nature and extent of recreational harvests of marine fishes in New Zealand and Australia over the past 20 years. We compare studies by method to show how circumstances dictate their application and to highlight recent developments that other researchers may find of use. Although there has been some convergence of approach, we suggest that context is an
important consideration, and many of the techniques discussed here have been adapted to suit local conditions and to address recognized sources of bias. Much of this experience, along with novel improvements to existing approaches, have been reported only in “gray” literature because of an emphasis on providing estimates for immediate management purposes. This paper brings much of that work together for the first time, and we discuss how others might benefit from our experience.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hartill, BW and Cryer, M and Lyle, JM and Rees, EB and Ryan, KL and Steffe, AS and Taylor, SM and West, L and Wise, BS
Journal or Publication Title: North American Journal of Fisheries Management
ISSN: 0275-5947
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/02755947.2012.661387
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Copyright 2012 American Fisheries Society

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