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Motivations of recreational fishers involved in fish habitat management

Copeland, C.; Baker, E.; Koehn, J. D.; Morris, S. G.; Cowx, I. G.


C. Copeland

E. Baker

J. D. Koehn

S. G. Morris

I. G. Cowx


© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd This study profiled the motivations of recreational fishers involved in habitat management activities in Australia, USA, UK and Ireland. Fishers were surveyed using an online questionnaire. Primary motivations for involvement were social (‘putting something back’) rather than to increase fish numbers or improve fishing experience. Fishers were more likely to participate in habitat management if they were members of a club or organisation or self-rated their knowledge of various aspects of fish ecology as very good. Most activities undertaken were relatively simple tasks such as picking up litter and contacting government or the media. Fishers that did not take part in habitat management cited lack of time as the principal reason, but organisational issues (lack of contacts, funding and ideas) were also important. There are considerable opportunities for government agencies and recreational fishing organisations to increase the participation of recreational fishers in habitat management as well as their involvement in more complex tasks through targeted programmes providing contact points, ecological information and administrative support.


Copeland, C., Baker, E., Koehn, J. D., Morris, S. G., & Cowx, I. G. (2017). Motivations of recreational fishers involved in fish habitat management. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 24(1), 82-92.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 20, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 20, 2017
Publication Date Feb 1, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 29, 2018
Journal Fisheries Management and Ecology
Print ISSN 0969-997x
Electronic ISSN 1365-2400
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 82-92
Keywords Angling; Engagement; Fishing; Habitat rehabilitation; Participation; Survey
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