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Win fishing tackle by reporting autumn’s sea angling activity

Reference: SA01/13
07 February 2013

Sea Angling 2012 - the UK's largest scientific survey of the sport - launched its fourth online survey in January, focusing on sea angling activity from October to December 2012.

The aim of the survey is to find out what anglers caught last autumn and their views on the state of fish stocks around the English coastline.

All sea anglers - beginners and experts alike - are urged to take part. Participants are automatically entered into a prize draw for fishing products provided by Daiwa, Shimano, Go Outdoors and Pure Fishing. Seventeen anglers have already won rods and reels after completing previous project surveys.

Sea Angling 2012's online surveys supplement direct interviews with thousands of anglers, carried out all round England during 2012 by the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities as part of this project.

In addition a separate online survey - developed by the social research co-operative Substance and available at www.seaangling.substance.coop/ - asks sea anglers about how much they spend on their sport and what other social benefits it brings to them. Substance collected additional economic data through direct interviews at selected localities in 2012, and is continuing to carry out a survey of sea angling charter boats in 2013.

Kieran Hyder, the Cefas scientist helping to run Sea Angling 2012, said: "This project is raising interest and awareness of the importance of sea angling as an industry in the UK. It provides a direct link between sea anglers and policy-makers, whilst generating important new information on sea angling activity and the fish stocks of importance to sea anglers.

"With responses from over 4,000 people currently being analysed from surveys so far in 2012, the results look promising and we hope that participation grows for the new online survey."

Sea Angling 2012 provides sea anglers with opportunities to help collect more evidence about fish stocks to improve scientific understanding, and helps angling bodies and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to develop policies for sustainable fishing that reflect the needs of sea anglers, the businesses they support and commercial fishermen.


Notes to editors

  1. Sea Angling 2012 is the largest survey of the sport in the UK and is being run throughout 2012 and 2013 on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Cefas is collaborating with Substance, which is conducting the economic and social impact research; the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs), which are interviewing anglers directly; and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) which is leading the charter boat surveys being implemented by Substance. For more about the aims of the Sea Angling 2012 project, visit: www.seaangling2012.org.uk.
  2. Sea Angling 2012 covers activities in England, specifically. Sea anglers from other parts of the UK are welcome to participate if they have fished in England during 2012. Currently, anglers participating in the online catch survey are being invited to record their sport activities and catches during October, November and December 2012 only at www.seaangling2012.org.uk. Surveys for January-March, April-June and July-September 2012 have already been conducted.
  3. All sea anglers who participate in the survey have the chance to win a share of rods, reels and tackle vouchers in quarterly prize draws. For details of the prizes and how to win them, see www.seaangling2012.org.uk.
  4. Cefas is the UK's most diverse applied marine science organisation, which operates as an executive agency of Defra. It provides evidence-based scientific advice, manages related data and information and conducts world-class scientific research. It is also engaged in a range of commercial activities in the renewable energy, infrastructure and other marine sectors. For more detail about its range of activities visit www.cefas.defra.gov.uk.
  5. Substance is a social research co-operative based in Manchester (www.substance.coop). It undertakes a wide range of research work on angling - including the Social and Community Benefits of Angling research for the Big Lottery Fund, which delivered the "Fishing for Answers" report in January 2012 (www.resources.anglingresearch.org.uk); and the National Angling Survey for the Angling Trust and Environment Agency.
  6. The MMO is an executive non-departmental public body established in April 2010 and given powers under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. Its mission is to enable the sustainable development of English seas. More information is available on their website www.marinemanagement.org.uk/.
  7. The IFCAs manage districts of the English coast (to six nautical miles) and the sea fishery resources falling within them. Funded through local authorities and reporting to Defra, IFCAs replaced Sea Fisheries Committees in April 2011 with an expanded remit to "lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry". Their duties and powers are set out in the Marine Coastal Access Act 2009.

Press contacts

  • Kieran Hyder - Tel: +44(0)1502 524501
  • Mike Armstrong - Tel: +44(0)1502 524368

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