Global dataset of species-specific inland recreational fisheries harvest for consumption

Holly S. Embke, Elizabeth A. Nyboer, Ashley M. Robertson, Robert Arlinghaus, Shehu L. Akintola, Tuncay Atessahin, Laamiri Mohamed Badr, Claudio Baigun, Zeenatul Basher, T. Douglas Beard, Gergely Boros, Shannon D. Bower, Steven J. Cooke, Ian G. Cowx, Adolfo Franco, Ma. Teresa Gaspar-dillanes, Vladimir Puentes Granada, Robert John Hart, Carlos R. Heinsohn, Vincent JalabertAndrzej Kapusta, Tibor Krajč, John D. Koehn, Gonçalo Lopes, Roman Lyach, Terence Magqina, Marco Milardi, Juliet Nattabi, Hilda Nyaboke, Sui Phang, Warren M. Potts, Filipe Ribeiro, Norman Mercado-silva, Naren Sreenivasan, Andy Thorpe, Tomislav Treer, Didzis Ustups, Olaf L. F. Weyl, Louisa E. Wood, Mustafa Zengin, Abigail J. Lynch

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Inland recreational fisheries, found in lakes, rivers, and other landlocked waters, are important to livelihoods, nutrition, leisure, and other societal ecosystem services worldwide. Although recreationally-caught fish are frequently harvested and consumed by fishers, their contribution to food and nutrition has not been adequately quantified due to lack of data, poor monitoring, and under-reporting, especially in developing countries. Beyond limited global harvest estimates, few have explored species-specific harvest patterns, although this variability has implications for fisheries management and food security. Given the continued growth of the recreational fishery sector, understanding inland recreational fish harvest and consumption rates represents a critical knowledge gap. Based on a comprehensive literature search and expert knowledge review, we quantified multiple aspects of global inland recreational fisheries for 81 countries spanning ~192 species. For each country, we assembled recreational fishing participation rate and estimated species-specific harvest and consumption rate. This dataset provides a foundation for future assessments, including understanding nutritional and economic contributions of inland recreational fisheries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number488
Number of pages10
JournalScientific Data
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2022


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