Publication details.

Paper

Year:2017
Author(s):R. Arlinghaus, K. Laskowski, J. Alós, T. Klefoth, C. Monk, S. Nakayama, A. Schröder
Title:Passive gear-induced timidity syndrome in wild fish populations and its potential ecological and managerial implications
Journal:FISH AND FISHERIES
ISSN:1467-2960
JCR Impact Factor:6.99
Volume:18
Issue No.:2
Pages:360-373
D.O.I.:10.1111/faf.12176
Web:https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/faf.12176
Abstract:© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Human exploitation of wild-living animals has been suggested to create a ‘landscape of fear’. A consequence could be that individuals surviving intensive harvesting, either as a result of behavioural plasticity and/or evolutionary change, exhibit increased average timidity. In the aquatic world, such effects are particularly well documented in passively operated fishing gears common to many commercial and recreational fisheries, such as angling, trapping or gill netting. We thus propose that an exploitation-induced timidity syndrome should be a widespread pattern in fisheries. Importantly, we argue that the syndrome can be associated with several ecological and managerial consequences for social groups, populations, food webs, fisheries and assessment of stocks. We suggest research priorities to deepen our understanding of how exploited fish populations behaviourally respond to harvesting.

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