Overlooked fisheries

I have acquired various experience concerning small-scale, recreational and subsistence fisheries, in various environments (mangroves / tropical, Mediterranean and Atlantic / North Sea) and scale (village / tribes, region, national).

In 2006, I had the chance to do my second Master project in New-Caledonia, within the CRISP/PNEC projects, for estimating the importance of the mud crab subsistence fishery for the tribes in the North-West of the island, its production and its typology. I based my studies on the fishers knowledge, by interviewing the fisherwomen about their activity. I then estimated the fishery characteristics, sites, and production and proposed fisheries indicators which could help to manage this resource. Actually, the mud crab fishery is a coastal traditional activity involving women in the tribes, and giving them an important economic supply; before this project, the production and economic importance of the mud crab fishery was totally unknown. The results of this project can be found in my internship report here, and also in Leopold et al. 2014.

DSCF9128During my PhD project (2006 – 2010), I have worked with Mediterranean artisanal fishers, involved in small-scale fishing activity in the Bonifacio Strait Natural Reserve. I spend 6 months collecting data on landings and fishing effort, in collaboration with them. I used the historical dataset of landings to evaluate the MPAs effect on this small-scale fishery. The main results showed that this multiple-use MPA has a positive effect on the artisanal fishing activity, since their landings increased since the BSNR creation. The PhD manuscript can be found here, and results of this research project can be found in Rocklin et al 2011 and Albouy et al 2009.

WGRFSFinally, I also worked on recreational fishing at a large scale during my last postdoc experience. I had to evaluate the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) recreational fishing catches in the Atlantic coasts of France, combining telephone surveys and panelists self-report. Indeed, recreational fisheries are mainly unknown and appear to be more important than previously thought. Increasing our knowlegde about the whole fishing mortality is now necessary for managing the resources as well as possible. I was part of the PGRFS/WGRFS ICES working group during this period. More information on recreational fisheries evaluation in Europe can be found here. The results of this study can be found in Rocklin et al. 2014 and in Ferter et al 2013 for the recreational fisheries catch-and-release topic.