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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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Circle hook analysis.a) Percent of total response for participants by “fisher type” and “state” that are supportive/neutral to mandated circle hook usage. Numbers in each bar represent the number of participants with supportive/neutral responses. *Respondents did not include commercial anglers. b) Mean ± 1SE of the percent of time participants use circle hooks when fishing for striped bass by “fisher type.” Letters below error bars are the results of a Tukey’s post-hoc test.
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pone.0136412.g005: Circle hook analysis.a) Percent of total response for participants by “fisher type” and “state” that are supportive/neutral to mandated circle hook usage. Numbers in each bar represent the number of participants with supportive/neutral responses. *Respondents did not include commercial anglers. b) Mean ± 1SE of the percent of time participants use circle hooks when fishing for striped bass by “fisher type.” Letters below error bars are the results of a Tukey’s post-hoc test.

Mentions: Similar to their perception of implementing a slot limit, commercial anglers were indifferent or supportive of mandating circle hooks slightly more than half of the time (56%; n = 262). Recreational anglers were highly supportive with a 74% (n = 598) non-negative response rate. Charter boat captains/guides remained intermediary at 69% (n = 38). All fisher types were significantly different from one another (P < 0.001, Fig 5a). Perceptions of mandating circle hook usage among recreational anglers and charter boat captains/guides from each state were largely similar with non-negative response rates at 74% (n = 401) in MA and 75% (n = 149) in CT (P = 0.825, Fig 5a). “Fisher type” was a strong predictor of circle hook usage, as recreational anglers used circles hooks significantly more than commercial anglers (recreational anglers; 52%, commercial anglers; 45%, P = 0.0181, Fig 5b). There was a trend of slightly less circle hook usage by charter boat captains/guides (41%, Tukey’s post-hoc test, Fig 5b). Results of classification tree analysis produced two explanatory variables of participant receptiveness to mandating circle hook usage: “fisher type” and “percent personal income from the commercial harvest of striped bass” for commercial anglers (Fig 6). The former is the strongest predictor, as commercial fishers were supportive or neutral 56% percent of the time (n = 262). Recreational fishers and charter boat captains/guides were considered statistically non-distinct and, as a whole, displayed a 74% non-negative response rate (n = 636). Within commercial anglers, those that rely on striped bass harvest for 1% or more of their annual income were the most opposed to mandating circle hook usage, although roughly 52% of respondents were still supportive or neutral towards this regulation change (n = 203).


Assessing Fishers' Support of Striped Bass Management Strategies.

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

Circle hook analysis.a) Percent of total response for participants by “fisher type” and “state” that are supportive/neutral to mandated circle hook usage. Numbers in each bar represent the number of participants with supportive/neutral responses. *Respondents did not include commercial anglers. b) Mean ± 1SE of the percent of time participants use circle hooks when fishing for striped bass by “fisher type.” Letters below error bars are the results of a Tukey’s post-hoc test.
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pone.0136412.g005: Circle hook analysis.a) Percent of total response for participants by “fisher type” and “state” that are supportive/neutral to mandated circle hook usage. Numbers in each bar represent the number of participants with supportive/neutral responses. *Respondents did not include commercial anglers. b) Mean ± 1SE of the percent of time participants use circle hooks when fishing for striped bass by “fisher type.” Letters below error bars are the results of a Tukey’s post-hoc test.
Mentions: Similar to their perception of implementing a slot limit, commercial anglers were indifferent or supportive of mandating circle hooks slightly more than half of the time (56%; n = 262). Recreational anglers were highly supportive with a 74% (n = 598) non-negative response rate. Charter boat captains/guides remained intermediary at 69% (n = 38). All fisher types were significantly different from one another (P < 0.001, Fig 5a). Perceptions of mandating circle hook usage among recreational anglers and charter boat captains/guides from each state were largely similar with non-negative response rates at 74% (n = 401) in MA and 75% (n = 149) in CT (P = 0.825, Fig 5a). “Fisher type” was a strong predictor of circle hook usage, as recreational anglers used circles hooks significantly more than commercial anglers (recreational anglers; 52%, commercial anglers; 45%, P = 0.0181, Fig 5b). There was a trend of slightly less circle hook usage by charter boat captains/guides (41%, Tukey’s post-hoc test, Fig 5b). Results of classification tree analysis produced two explanatory variables of participant receptiveness to mandating circle hook usage: “fisher type” and “percent personal income from the commercial harvest of striped bass” for commercial anglers (Fig 6). The former is the strongest predictor, as commercial fishers were supportive or neutral 56% percent of the time (n = 262). Recreational fishers and charter boat captains/guides were considered statistically non-distinct and, as a whole, displayed a 74% non-negative response rate (n = 636). Within commercial anglers, those that rely on striped bass harvest for 1% or more of their annual income were the most opposed to mandating circle hook usage, although roughly 52% of respondents were still supportive or neutral towards this regulation change (n = 203).

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.