Who is the recreational fisherman and what does he catch? An overview of recreational fisheries at sea in Belgium.

Marine recreational fisheries have become a hot topic in research, their impact is slowly being recognized by the scientific community and policymakers alike. Belgium, with the exception of some sparse research, has been left behind by its neighboring countries when it comes to identifying the recreational fisheries sector and its impacts. This thesis is part of a group of projects aimed at countering the lack of information, this is done under the Data Collection Framework of the European Union. Through the means of a survey both in online and paper form, a variety of data was gathered. The survey reached predominantly anglers within the sector, and as such our conclusions are mainly valid for them. From this data, we are able to demonstrate that although recreational fishing is a hobby primarily done by older men, it does appeal to the entire spectrum of society. Also the economic value of the sector proved to be important: several businesses directly depend on it, both at the coast and inland. Furthermore, the catches mainly revolve around 7 species, and for some of these, like cod and sea bass, they are quite substantial when compared to commercial landings in Belgium (400% and 40% respectively).

Promotor(s) & Supervisor: Jan Reubens, Sofie Vandendriessche, Els Torreele

ISCED Categories

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0831 - Fisheries", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management