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After the blue rush : assessment of the sustainability of recreational fisheries in Peenemünde, Germany as part of a social-ecological system

Lanz, René LU (2017) In Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science MESM02 20171
LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
Abstract
In the shadow of commercial fishing fleets, recreational fishers are a lesser known but still substantial group exerting pressure on the world’s aquatic ecosystems and its fish stocks. Enthusiastic angler participation, high catch rates, catch selectivity and harmful fishing techniques characteristic of recreational fishers can have detrimental impacts on the aquatic environment. Furthermore, recreational fishing is recognized as an important economic and social factor deeply entrenched in many coastal communities. Even though it is well understood that humans and fisheries form a complex and dynamic social- ecological system (SES), the conceptualization of recreational fisheries as such is often lacking. This thesis therefore is intended... (More)
In the shadow of commercial fishing fleets, recreational fishers are a lesser known but still substantial group exerting pressure on the world’s aquatic ecosystems and its fish stocks. Enthusiastic angler participation, high catch rates, catch selectivity and harmful fishing techniques characteristic of recreational fishers can have detrimental impacts on the aquatic environment. Furthermore, recreational fishing is recognized as an important economic and social factor deeply entrenched in many coastal communities. Even though it is well understood that humans and fisheries form a complex and dynamic social- ecological system (SES), the conceptualization of recreational fisheries as such is often lacking. This thesis therefore is intended to contribute to the understanding of recreational fisheries as part of a complex SES. In addition to this theoretical knowledge input, this thesis further aims to increase the understanding of recreational fisheries decision-making process, e.g. restocking schemes, and reveal management necessities to further the sustainable utilization of fisheries. In doing so, the thesis also addresses the current limitations of the original Ostrom (2009) SES framework by incorporating social and ecological valuation variables which have thus far been largely neglected. Consequently, an updated SES framework for recreational fisheries is developed based on a systematic literature review. The updated recreational fisheries SES framework and an exemplary assessment of its usefulness in evaluating the overall sustainability of recreational fisheries were tested by applying the framework and the related Institutional Analysis & Development (IAD) framework to the case study area Peenemünde at the German Baltic Sea coast. The results show that a) the inclusion of norms and values plays an important role in recreational fisheries management and have to be included in future SES framework applications and b) that the Peenemünder recreational fisheries is currently being sustainably managed, but with an increase of anglers, i.e. recreational fisheries tourists, would face threats to the long-term utilization of the fish stocks. As this is one of the few case study applications of a recreational fisheries SES framework, more research is certainly needed. This should include the integration of non-monetary values, especially ecological values, which is a novel addition to the framework proposed by this thesis. (Less)
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author
Lanz, René LU
supervisor
organization
course
MESM02 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
ecological values, sustainability science, recreational fisheries, social-ecological systems (SES) framework, environmental ethics, Germany
publication/series
Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
report number
2017:032
language
English
id
8914701
date added to LUP
2017-06-18 16:13:54
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2017-06-18 16:13:54
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  abstract     = {In the shadow of commercial fishing fleets, recreational fishers are a lesser known but still substantial group exerting pressure on the world’s aquatic ecosystems and its fish stocks. Enthusiastic angler participation, high catch rates, catch selectivity and harmful fishing techniques characteristic of recreational fishers can have detrimental impacts on the aquatic environment. Furthermore, recreational fishing is recognized as an important economic and social factor deeply entrenched in many coastal communities. Even though it is well understood that humans and fisheries form a complex and dynamic social- ecological system (SES), the conceptualization of recreational fisheries as such is often lacking. This thesis therefore is intended to contribute to the understanding of recreational fisheries as part of a complex SES. In addition to this theoretical knowledge input, this thesis further aims to increase the understanding of recreational fisheries decision-making process, e.g. restocking schemes, and reveal management necessities to further the sustainable utilization of fisheries. In doing so, the thesis also addresses the current limitations of the original Ostrom (2009) SES framework by incorporating social and ecological valuation variables which have thus far been largely neglected. Consequently, an updated SES framework for recreational fisheries is developed based on a systematic literature review. The updated recreational fisheries SES framework and an exemplary assessment of its usefulness in evaluating the overall sustainability of recreational fisheries were tested by applying the framework and the related Institutional Analysis & Development (IAD) framework to the case study area Peenemünde at the German Baltic Sea coast. The results show that a) the inclusion of norms and values plays an important role in recreational fisheries management and have to be included in future SES framework applications and b) that the Peenemünder recreational fisheries is currently being sustainably managed, but with an increase of anglers, i.e. recreational fisheries tourists, would face threats to the long-term utilization of the fish stocks. As this is one of the few case study applications of a recreational fisheries SES framework, more research is certainly needed. This should include the integration of non-monetary values, especially ecological values, which is a novel addition to the framework proposed by this thesis.},
  author       = {Lanz, René},
  keyword      = {ecological values,sustainability science,recreational fisheries,social-ecological systems (SES) framework,environmental ethics,Germany},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science},
  title        = {After the blue rush : assessment of the sustainability of recreational fisheries in Peenemünde, Germany as part of a social-ecological system},
  year         = {2017},
}