Understanding the complexity of catch-and-release in recreational fishing: An integrative synthesis of global knowledge from historical, ethical, social, and biological perspectives

Robert Arlinghaus, Steven J. Cooke, Jon Lyman, David Policansky, Alexander Schwab, Cory Suski, Stephen G. Sutton, Eva B. Thorstad

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Abstract

Most research on catch-and-release (CR) 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 CR. In the present synopsis, we develop an integrative perspective on CR 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 CR. Progress toward successful treatment of CR might be enhanced by acknowledging the complexity inherent in CR recreational fishing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-167
Number of pages93
JournalReviews in Fisheries Science
Volume15
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Angling
  • Animal welfare
  • Catch-and-release
  • Environmental ethics
  • Fishery management
  • History
  • Hooking mortality
  • Human dimensions
  • Philosophy
  • Recreational fishing
  • Sublethal effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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