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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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Slot limit analysis.a) Percent of total response for participants by “fisher type” and “state” that are supportive/neutral to the implementation of a slot limit. Numbers in each bar represent the number of participants with supportive/neutral responses. *Respondents did not include commercial anglers. b) Percent of total response for recreational anglers that agree with or are neutral towards a randomly assigned maximum allowable size for recreational striped bass harvest.
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pone.0136412.g004: Slot limit analysis.a) Percent of total response for participants by “fisher type” and “state” that are supportive/neutral to the implementation of a slot limit. Numbers in each bar represent the number of participants with supportive/neutral responses. *Respondents did not include commercial anglers. b) Percent of total response for recreational anglers that agree with or are neutral towards a randomly assigned maximum allowable size for recreational striped bass harvest.

Mentions: As a whole, recreational fishers were very supportive (71%; n = 594) of implementing a slot limit, as were charter boat captains/guides (77%; n = 30, P < 0.001, Fig 4a). Least supportive were the commercial anglers, but the majority (54%; n = 263) of these participants still selected supportive or neutral responses. When grouped by state, CT recreational anglers and charter boat captains/guides had a non-negative response rate of 81% (n = 149), and were more receptive than their MA analogues (66%; n = 400; P < 0.001, Fig 4a). While the following results are not statistically significant, analysis of randomly assigned upper size limits identified a slight trend of peak support at 40”, where the majority of participants displayed positive or neutral opinions (P = 0.18, Fig 4b). Support decreased slightly for shorter maximum-lengths, whereas there was a sharp decline for limits of 42” and 44”. Classification tree analysis generated only one strong predictor variable capable of explaining variation in support for a slot limit regulation change: “State.”


Assessing Fishers' Support of Striped Bass Management Strategies.

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

Slot limit analysis.a) Percent of total response for participants by “fisher type” and “state” that are supportive/neutral to the implementation of a slot limit. Numbers in each bar represent the number of participants with supportive/neutral responses. *Respondents did not include commercial anglers. b) Percent of total response for recreational anglers that agree with or are neutral towards a randomly assigned maximum allowable size for recreational striped bass harvest.
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pone.0136412.g004: Slot limit analysis.a) Percent of total response for participants by “fisher type” and “state” that are supportive/neutral to the implementation of a slot limit. Numbers in each bar represent the number of participants with supportive/neutral responses. *Respondents did not include commercial anglers. b) Percent of total response for recreational anglers that agree with or are neutral towards a randomly assigned maximum allowable size for recreational striped bass harvest.
Mentions: As a whole, recreational fishers were very supportive (71%; n = 594) of implementing a slot limit, as were charter boat captains/guides (77%; n = 30, P < 0.001, Fig 4a). Least supportive were the commercial anglers, but the majority (54%; n = 263) of these participants still selected supportive or neutral responses. When grouped by state, CT recreational anglers and charter boat captains/guides had a non-negative response rate of 81% (n = 149), and were more receptive than their MA analogues (66%; n = 400; P < 0.001, Fig 4a). While the following results are not statistically significant, analysis of randomly assigned upper size limits identified a slight trend of peak support at 40”, where the majority of participants displayed positive or neutral opinions (P = 0.18, Fig 4b). Support decreased slightly for shorter maximum-lengths, whereas there was a sharp decline for limits of 42” and 44”. Classification tree analysis generated only one strong predictor variable capable of explaining variation in support for a slot limit regulation change: “State.”

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.

No MeSH data available.