Efficacy of novel sampling approaches for surveying specialised recreational fisheries

Griffiths, Shane P., Zischke, Mitchell T., Tonks, Mark L., Pepperell, Julian G. and Tickell, Sharon (2013) Efficacy of novel sampling approaches for surveying specialised recreational fisheries. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 23 3: 395-413. doi:10.1007/s11160-012-9299-x

Author Griffiths, Shane P.
Zischke, Mitchell T.
Tonks, Mark L.
Pepperell, Julian G.
Tickell, Sharon
Title Efficacy of novel sampling approaches for surveying specialised recreational fisheries
Journal name Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0960-3166
Publication date 2013-09
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11160-012-9299-x
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 395
End page 413
Total pages 19
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Advances in fishing technologies have increased the efficiency and diversification of recreational fisheries. This poses challenges for surveying specialised or ‘hard-to-reach’ recreational fishers (e.g. sport fishers) that may take the majority of the recreational catch for some species, but are too rare within the general population to be sampled cost-effectively using existing methods. We trialled two new methods—time-location sampling (TLS) and online diaries—for surveying specialised recreational longtail tuna (Thunnus tonggol) fishers. Results were compared with a concurrent traditional access point survey (APS). Online diaries were inexpensive but unsuitable for collecting representative data due to avidity, volunteerism, and differential recruitment bias. APS yielded high resolution data on catch, effort and size composition but was expensive and ineffective for sampling all components of the fishery. In contrast, TLS conducted at fishing tackle stores was cost-effective for accessing the breadth of fisher types due to the need for all fishers to purchase or to inspect fishing-related products at some point. Given the frequent absence of complete list frames for recreational fisheries, we suggest undertaking multiple TLS surveys to collect catch rate data and to simultaneously estimate population size using capture-recapture approaches in order to estimate the total recreational catch of species of interest.
Keyword Hard-to-reach
Sport fishing
Game fishing
Survey design
Longtail tuna
Hidden populations
Nonresponse bias
Telephone survey
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 28 December 2012

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