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The use of European river lamprey as bait by the UK coarse predator angling community.

Albright, A.J. and Lucas, M.C. (2021) 'The use of European river lamprey as bait by the UK coarse predator angling community.', Fisheries Management and Ecology, 28 (6). pp. 542-555.

Abstract

Recreational fishing is a commonplace leisure activity within the developed world but can generate tension when activities conflict with conservation agendas. A potential conflict arises over the use of European river lamprey, Lampetra fluviatilis (L.), a protected species, by UK coarse (freshwater non-salmonid) predator anglers. This study used geographically stratified interviews with 69 predator anglers to explore attitudes towards the use of lamprey as bait, their conservation status and knowledge of biosecurity regulations. Most participants used lamprey as bait to some degree and agreed that, if threatened by exploitation, a ban on their use as angling bait should be implemented. Ordinal regression analysis indicated the presence of a subset of anglers who value lamprey as bait more than others and may oppose conservation efforts. The benefits of the potential establishment of bait certification schemes are also considered.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1111/fme.12512
Publisher statement:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Albright, A.J. & Lucas, M.C. (2021). The use of European river lamprey as bait by the UK coarse predator angling community. Fisheries Management and Ecology 28(6): 542-555, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/fme.12512. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Date accepted:05 August 2021
Date deposited:13 September 2021
Date of first online publication:29 August 2021
Date first made open access:29 August 2022

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