Fish welfare in recreational fishing

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Recreational fishing is a popular activity around the globe, and fish welfare issues related to the activity have received increasing attention in some
countries, particularly in central and northern Europe and Australia. This chapter offers an introduction to recreational fishing, reviews literature on fish welfare in relation to recreational fishing and provides an overview of potential biological impacts and ways to reduce such impacts. We first focus on the question on how to reduce impacts on the welfare of the fish during recreational fishing. Second, we describe two case studies highlighting that practical implications of the fish welfare discourse may be disjointed from the scientific information base and be rather about fundamental moral questions about the ethical acceptability of the activity per se. We end by providing an outlook on the future of recreational fishing in the light of the current fish welfare discourse.

Ferter, K., Cooke, S. J., Humborstad, O.-B., Nilsson, J., Arlinghaus, R. (2020). Fish welfare in recreational fishing. Pages 463-485 In: T. S. Kristiansen et al. (eds.), The Welfare of Fish, Animal Welfare 20, Springer.


Published: 2020
Appeared in: Pages 463-485 In: T. S. Kristiansen et al. (eds.), The Welfare of Fish, Animal Welfare 20, Springer.