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Sea Angling Survey 2017

Sea angling is of huge economic and social importance in the UK, and information is required to help sea angling bodies and government to make better informed decisions on policies for promoting the long-term conservation of our valuable fish stocks.

In 2017 the UK is conducting surveys to find out more about the importance of sea angling, including:

  • What is being caught?
  • How much is being spent on the sport?

We need the assistance of a large sample of people who fish for recreation in the sea around the UK, and who would be willing to keep a diary recording their fishing trips, catches and expenditure on sea angling in 2017.

What Will the Project Involve?

A Questionnaire

The first part of the research involves a brief survey to ask basic questions about how often you fish, regions you fish and how you like to fish e.g. from the shore. 

Sea Angler Diaries

We are looking for anglers to complete catch diaries in 2017. If you choose to take part the study will give you:

  • access to a unique online catch diary tool
  • a sea fish identification book and catch recording kit
  • a personalised dashboard
  • the chance to win a prize voucher

If you would like to take part in the diary study next year, please take the brief survey above. 

Who is Undertaking the Sea Angling 2017 Research?

The research is being carried out by Substance, on behalf of the Scottish Government and other UK Administrations, who has undertaken a wealth of research to support the development of angling in the UK in the last decade.

The data collected will enable national and local policy makers to make informed decisions on fisheries management, and provide the sea angling community with information to help them develop their own views and policies. This will benefit anglers and businesses whilst helping to conserve and improve fish stocks by ensuring management decisions are based on the best possible scientific data.

Data from Sea Angling 2017 will enable us to have as accurate a picture as possible about sea angling in the UK – what is caught and what is spent – so that they can make properly-informed decisions on management for sustainable development of all forms of sea fishing around our coasts.

The results of the diary study will help the UK meet its obligations to report on recreational catches of certain species as specified by the EU Data Collection Framework and the EU Council Regulation 1224/2009. The Data Collection Framework was established in 2002 to encourage EU Member States to collect sufficient data to allow the state of European fish stocks to be monitored as accurately as possible by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and by the EU Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee on Fisheries. It requires collection of recreational fishery data from all forms of non-commercial fishing from shore and boats.