Recreational fishing (RF) is a very popular activity worldwide, with at least 220 million people catching billions of fish each year. Lately there has been a growing recognition of its economic, socio-cultural and ecological relevance, as well as of the importance of recreational catches compared to commercial landings. The literature on RF in countries from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is scarce and scattered, with little connection between researchers working on different topics. The proposed Recreational Fisheries Symposium aims at sharing experiences about the state of the art for the study of RF in LAC, including topics (but not limited to) such as legal framework, governance, management and monitoring. Big pictures for the status of RF in each country are encouraged for oral presentations and panels. A plenary aimed to discuss the potential advantages of creating a network of stakeholders interested in RF in the region will be organized.

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