[MARMAM] new paper on angler perception of California sea lion depredation and marine policy in Southern California

Maddalena Bearzi mbearzi at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 17 09:30:31 PST 2014


We are pleased to announce the publication of our new paper:

Cook, T., James, K. and M. Bearzi. Angler perceptions of California sea lion
(Zalophus californianus) depredation and marine policy in Southern
California. Marine Policy 51 (2015): 573-583.

Abstract


California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) off the coast of Southern
California are known to damage both commercial and recreational fishing
activities, causing decreases to fish catch and damage to gear. Their
increasing population has intensified the potential for conflict between sea
lions and anglers, likely requiring changes to current legislation. The
recreational fishing community in Southern California is a valuable and
largely underutilized source for information and potential solutions to
management and legislative problems. This recreational fishing survey-based
study conducted in 2013 utilized personal interviews, conducted in the field
with recreational anglers and commercial passenger fishing vessel (CPFV)
crews in Southern California, to gather data on: (a) the occurrence and
impact of sea lion depredation on the local fishing, (b) angler awareness
and opinions on current legislation, and (c) the conflict between fishing
activities and conservation efforts. Results show that surveyed CPFV
operators and private boaters had the most conflict with sea lions and
perceive them as more of a problem than anglers on piers, jetties or kayaks.
The conflict was also reportedly more prevalent in San Diego County compared
to the other counties surveyed (Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura).
Participating CPFV operators were overwhelmingly in support of a government
culling program for sea lions, while recreational angler respondents did not
feel that a control program was necessary. These CPFV operators reported
more money lost, and were willing to pay more for an effective deterrent
device. There was also a consensus among respondents that fish catch is
declining, yet anglers were unsatisfied with the effectiveness of current
legislation designed to increase fish stocks. These data will provide a
better understanding of California sea lion depredation in Southern
California and its effect on recreational anglers in order to aid future
mitigation efforts. Additionally, these results provide stakeholder feedback
on local marine protected areas and other fisheries management legislation,
and build a foundation for future conservation and education programs.

A PDF copy of this paper is available for download
at:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X1400253X
or by request from mbearzi at earthlink.net
Regards,

Maddalena Bearzi and coauthors


Maddalena Bearzi, Ph.D.
Ocean Conservation Society, President
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