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Assessing Fishers' Support of Striped Bass Management Strategies.

Murphy RD, Scyphers SB, Grabowski JH - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: Recreational fishers in both states were generally supportive or neutral towards potential management actions including slot limits (71%) and mandated circle hooks to reduce mortality of released fish (74%), but less supportive of reduced recreational bag limits (51%).However, both stakeholder groups were less supportive of harvest reductions, which is the most direct measure of reducing mortality available to fisheries managers.By revealing factors that influence stakeholders' support or willingness to comply with management strategies, studies such as ours can help managers identify potential stakeholder support for or conflicts that may result from regulation changes.

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Affiliation: Department of Marine and Environmental Science, Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
Incorporating the perspectives and insights of stakeholders is an essential component of ecosystem-based fisheries management, such that policy strategies should account for the diverse interests of various groups of anglers to enhance their efficacy. Here we assessed fishing stakeholders' perceptions on the management of Atlantic striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and receptiveness to potential future regulations using an online survey of recreational and commercial fishers in Massachusetts and Connecticut (USA). Our results indicate that most fishers harbored adequate to positive perceptions of current striped bass management policies when asked to grade their state's management regime. Yet, subtle differences in perceptions existed between recreational and commercial fishers, as well as across individuals with differing levels of fishing experience, resource dependency, and tournament participation. Recreational fishers in both states were generally supportive or neutral towards potential management actions including slot limits (71%) and mandated circle hooks to reduce mortality of released fish (74%), but less supportive of reduced recreational bag limits (51%). Although commercial anglers were typically less supportive of management changes than their recreational counterparts, the majority were still supportive of slot limits (54%) and mandated use of circle hooks (56%). Our study suggests that both recreational and commercial fishers are generally supportive of additional management strategies aimed at sustaining healthy striped bass populations and agree on a variety of strategies. However, both stakeholder groups were less supportive of harvest reductions, which is the most direct measure of reducing mortality available to fisheries managers. By revealing factors that influence stakeholders' support or willingness to comply with management strategies, studies such as ours can help managers identify potential stakeholder support for or conflicts that may result from regulation changes.

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Effectiveness of hypothetical regulations.Mean ranking +1SE of the effectiveness of proposed regulations by “fisher type,” where a score of 10 correlates to maximum effectiveness. Proposed regulations are as follows: a) Slot limit, b) Circle hook mandate, c) Reduced recreational daily bag limit, d) Reduced commercial yearly quota. *Reduced recreational daily bag limit includes responses from only recreational anglers. **Reduced commercial yearly quota includes responses from only commercial fishers.
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pone.0136412.g003: Effectiveness of hypothetical regulations.Mean ranking +1SE of the effectiveness of proposed regulations by “fisher type,” where a score of 10 correlates to maximum effectiveness. Proposed regulations are as follows: a) Slot limit, b) Circle hook mandate, c) Reduced recreational daily bag limit, d) Reduced commercial yearly quota. *Reduced recreational daily bag limit includes responses from only recreational anglers. **Reduced commercial yearly quota includes responses from only commercial fishers.

Mentions: All stakeholder groups in our survey believe regulation changes will have similar impacts, respectively, on the health the fish population and fishery. Both recreational and commercial anglers perceive the implementation of a slot limit to be equally effective at promoting the health of striped bass populations and promoting the sustainability of the fishery (recreational; P = 0.1177, commercial; P = 0.3025, charter boat captains/guides; P = 0.9813, Fig 3a). Participants from both fisheries perceived the effectiveness of circle hooks to be equivalent for both categories as well (recreational; P = 0.8916, commercial; P = 0.3060, charter boat captains/guides; P = 0.3858, Fig 3b). Recreational anglers responded similarly to the effectiveness of a reduced recreational daily bag limit (P = 0.6816, Fig 3c), as did commercial anglers to the effectiveness of a reduced commercial yearly quota (P = 0.6058, Fig 3d).


Assessing Fishers' Support of Striped Bass Management Strategies.

Murphy RD, Scyphers SB, Grabowski JH - PLoS ONE (2015)

Effectiveness of hypothetical regulations.Mean ranking +1SE of the effectiveness of proposed regulations by “fisher type,” where a score of 10 correlates to maximum effectiveness. Proposed regulations are as follows: a) Slot limit, b) Circle hook mandate, c) Reduced recreational daily bag limit, d) Reduced commercial yearly quota. *Reduced recreational daily bag limit includes responses from only recreational anglers. **Reduced commercial yearly quota includes responses from only commercial fishers.
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pone.0136412.g003: Effectiveness of hypothetical regulations.Mean ranking +1SE of the effectiveness of proposed regulations by “fisher type,” where a score of 10 correlates to maximum effectiveness. Proposed regulations are as follows: a) Slot limit, b) Circle hook mandate, c) Reduced recreational daily bag limit, d) Reduced commercial yearly quota. *Reduced recreational daily bag limit includes responses from only recreational anglers. **Reduced commercial yearly quota includes responses from only commercial fishers.
Mentions: All stakeholder groups in our survey believe regulation changes will have similar impacts, respectively, on the health the fish population and fishery. Both recreational and commercial anglers perceive the implementation of a slot limit to be equally effective at promoting the health of striped bass populations and promoting the sustainability of the fishery (recreational; P = 0.1177, commercial; P = 0.3025, charter boat captains/guides; P = 0.9813, Fig 3a). Participants from both fisheries perceived the effectiveness of circle hooks to be equivalent for both categories as well (recreational; P = 0.8916, commercial; P = 0.3060, charter boat captains/guides; P = 0.3858, Fig 3b). Recreational anglers responded similarly to the effectiveness of a reduced recreational daily bag limit (P = 0.6816, Fig 3c), as did commercial anglers to the effectiveness of a reduced commercial yearly quota (P = 0.6058, Fig 3d).

Bottom Line: Recreational fishers in both states were generally supportive or neutral towards potential management actions including slot limits (71%) and mandated circle hooks to reduce mortality of released fish (74%), but less supportive of reduced recreational bag limits (51%).However, both stakeholder groups were less supportive of harvest reductions, which is the most direct measure of reducing mortality available to fisheries managers.By revealing factors that influence stakeholders' support or willingness to comply with management strategies, studies such as ours can help managers identify potential stakeholder support for or conflicts that may result from regulation changes.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Marine and Environmental Science, Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
Incorporating the perspectives and insights of stakeholders is an essential component of ecosystem-based fisheries management, such that policy strategies should account for the diverse interests of various groups of anglers to enhance their efficacy. Here we assessed fishing stakeholders' perceptions on the management of Atlantic striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and receptiveness to potential future regulations using an online survey of recreational and commercial fishers in Massachusetts and Connecticut (USA). Our results indicate that most fishers harbored adequate to positive perceptions of current striped bass management policies when asked to grade their state's management regime. Yet, subtle differences in perceptions existed between recreational and commercial fishers, as well as across individuals with differing levels of fishing experience, resource dependency, and tournament participation. Recreational fishers in both states were generally supportive or neutral towards potential management actions including slot limits (71%) and mandated circle hooks to reduce mortality of released fish (74%), but less supportive of reduced recreational bag limits (51%). Although commercial anglers were typically less supportive of management changes than their recreational counterparts, the majority were still supportive of slot limits (54%) and mandated use of circle hooks (56%). Our study suggests that both recreational and commercial fishers are generally supportive of additional management strategies aimed at sustaining healthy striped bass populations and agree on a variety of strategies. However, both stakeholder groups were less supportive of harvest reductions, which is the most direct measure of reducing mortality available to fisheries managers. By revealing factors that influence stakeholders' support or willingness to comply with management strategies, studies such as ours can help managers identify potential stakeholder support for or conflicts that may result from regulation changes.

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