Understanding the Complexity of Catch-and-Release in Recreational Fishing: An Integrative Synthesis of Global Knowledge from Historical, Ethical, Social, and Biological Perspectives
Most research on catch-and-release (C&R) in recreational fishing has been conducted from a disciplinary angle focusing on the biological sciences and the study of hooking mortality after release. This hampers understanding of the complex and multifaceted nature of C&R. In the
present synopsis, we develop an integrative perspective on C&R by drawing on historical, philosophical, socio-psychological, biological, and managerial insights and perspectives. Such a perspective is helpful for a variety of reasons, such as 1) improving the science supporting successful
fisheries management and conservation, 2) facilitating dialogue between managers, anglers, and other stakeholders, 3) minimizing conflict potentials, and 4) paving the path toward sustainable recreational fisheries management. The present work highlights the array of cultural, institutional,
psychological, and biological factors and dimensions involved in C&R. Progress toward successful treatment of C&R might be enhanced by acknowledging the complexity inherent in C&R recreational fishing.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany,Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, Institute of Animal Science, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany
Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory, Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish, Juneau, Alaska, USA
National Research Council, Washington, DC, USA
Schwab & Sohn, Biglen, Switzerland
Department of Biology, Queen's University Biological Station, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
School of Tropical Environment Studies and Geography, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Trondheim, Norway
Publication date: January 1, 2007