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The nationwide assessment of marine recreational fishing: A French example
Herfaut, J.; Levrel, H.; Thébaud, O.; Veron, G. (2013). The nationwide assessment of marine recreational fishing: A French example. Ocean Coast. Manag. 78: 121-131.
In: Ocean & Coastal Management. Elsevier Science: Barking. ISSN 0964-5691, more
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  • Herfaut, J.
  • Levrel, H.
  • Thébaud, O.
  • Veron, G.

    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 (RDD) 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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