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Socio-economic drivers of specialist anglers targeting the non-native European catfish (Silurus glanis) in the UK

Britton, J. Robert; Rees, E. M. Ann; Edmonds-Brown, V. Ronni; Alam, M. Fasihul; Wright, Ros M.; Britton, J. Robert; Davies, Gareth D.; Cowx, Ian G.

Authors

J. Robert Britton

E. M. Ann Rees

V. Ronni Edmonds-Brown

M. Fasihul Alam

Ros M. Wright

J. Robert Britton

Gareth D. Davies

Ian G. Cowx



Contributors

Z. Daniel Deng
Editor

Abstract

© 2017 Rees et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Information about the socioeconomic drivers of Silurus glanis anglers in the UK were collected using questionnaires from a cross section of mixed cyprinid fisheries to elucidate human dimensions in angling and non-native fisheries management. Respondents were predominantly male (95%), 30-40 years of age with < 10 yr angling experience for S. glanis; most had received college rather than university education. The majority (34%) were employed with low-moderate income status ( < £30k per annum), which may restrict time and expenditure spent on angling. Highest angling expenditure was on equipment and bait with most from southern England (54%) spending > £500 per annum. The proportion of time spent angling for S. glanis was significantly related to angler motivations; fish size, challenge in catch, tranquil natural surroundings, escape from daily stress and to be alone were considered important drivers of increased time spent angling. Overall, poor awareness of: the risks and adverse ecological impacts associated with introduced S. glanis, non-native fisheries legislation, problems in use of unlimited ground bait and high fish stocking rates in angling lakes were evident, possibly related to inadequate training and information provided by angling organisations to anglers, as many stated that they were insufficiently informed.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 12, 2017
Journal PLoS ONE
Print ISSN 1932-6203
Electronic ISSN 1932-6203
Publisher Public Library of Science
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 6
Article Number ARTN e0178805
Pages e0178805
Institution Citation Rees, E. M. A., Edmonds-Brown, V. R., Alam, M. F., Wright, R. M., Britton, J. R., Davies, G. D., & Cowx, I. G. (2017). Socio-economic drivers of specialist anglers targeting the non-native European catfish (Silurus glanis) in the UK. PloS one, 12(6), e0178805. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178805
DOI https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178805
Keywords General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; General Medicine
Publisher URL http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0178805
Additional Information Copy of article first published in: PLoS ONE, 2017, v.12, issue 6, article number e0178805.

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© 2017 Rees et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



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