A steering group made up of sea anglers, representative bodies, experts and officials will guide the project. The steering group currently includes:
- Bass Anglers' Sportfishing Society
- Professional Boatman's Association
- North Thames Boatmen’s Association
- Angling Trust
- Angling Trades Association
- Angling media
- Cornish Federation of Sea Anglers
- Countryside Council for Wales
- University of Tasmania's sea angling survey expert
- Inshore fisheries and conservation authorities
- Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
- Marine Management Organisation
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Steering group role
To gain a common understanding of the goals of Sea Angling 2012 and ensure that these are communicated in an open and transparent way to the wider community of anglers, scientists and policy makers.
To work together to ensure that Sea Angling 2012 is widely recognised by the angling community and to provide advice that enables the project to deliver a significant contribution to the evidence base on sea angling.
To provide advice that ensures the design and implementation of the surveys is appropriate for providing credible information on recreational sea angling catches and economic value in England.
To provide advice on how to communicate the project through the angling media, and ensure that all members of the group have access to communications including any proposed release dates.
To review progress during the project, and identify and resolve key issues related to:
- engagement of the angling community and incentives for anglers to participate
- survey design and sampling
- communicating with the wider angling community
- reporting of outputs from the project.
To provide input into the project reports, and agree the means by which the data and other outputs of the project can be made freely available.