Sea Angling 2012
Sea Angling 2012 is a new government-sponsored project to provide data on recreational sea angling that can help improve the scientific understanding of fish stocks off our coast, as well as ensuring that the needs of sea angling can be represented as effectively as possible in future marine policy development. Read the Sea Angling 2012 flyer (PDF 892 KB) for more information.
The online economic and catch surveys, and the face-to-face interviews with anglers all round the coast of England, have now been completed. Thank you to the many thousands of sea anglers who took part in the surveys – it has been a tremendous response. Thanks also to the many surveyors from the inshore fisheries and conservation authorities and from Substance who covered many miles of coastline, often in difficult conditions, to carry out interviews with anglers.
A survey of charter boats is still underway and will not finish until mid-2013. Findings of all the surveys will be reported later in the year as part of the Sea Angling 2012 project.
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 while helping to conserve and improve fish stocks by ensuring management decisions are based on the best possible scientific data.
The project has looked at how to provide the most cost-effective information on:
- the number of people who go sea angling during the year
- how often they fish from the shore or from boats in different parts of England
- numbers and sizes of fish caught or released to the sea
- the social and economic importance of sea angling in England.
The project has been carried out by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and individual inshore fisheries and conservation authorities (IFCAs), in collaboration with the social research co-operative Substance.
Latest news and updates
(10 April) Quarter 2 and quarter 3 survey prize draw winners
Following the quarter 2 and quarter 3 online surveys the winners of the rod and reels, Starter Tele Kit and Go Outdoors vouchers have been announced.
(20 December) New steering group meeting minutes published
The minutes and agenda from the steering group meeting on 21 December 2012 are now available from the Steering group page.