Sea angling is an important activity in the UK, providing social and economic benefits particularly for coastal communities. It is important to have accurate, verifiable data on sea angling to provide a clearer picture of sea anglers’ activity and catches and the value to the economy. The Sea Angling Diary Project has been running since 2016 and is continuing throughout 2019. The project is run by research company and angling experts, Substance, and it is particularly seeking to boost numbers of sea anglers taking part in Northern Ireland.
All those who sign up get:
- use of a bespoke online diary tool which gives them a personal account of what they do and catch
- a catch recording pack with waterproof notebook, Fish ID booklet and tape measure
- monthly prize draws for tackle and Amazon vouchers when entering data and free copies of Sea Angler magazine
The data can be used by angling organisations to develop policies on important issues facing sea angling, and to establish a new and improved role for recreational angling within wider fisheries management. The project is run collaboratively involving the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and Substance, and is being funded by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in England and by the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is also supported by national sea angling associations including AnglingNI.
You can find out more and sign up at: www.seaangling.org