Sea angling survey–Northern Ireland

Loughs LogoTHE LOUGHS Agency invites all sea anglers fishing in Northern Ireland to take part in a survey to improve the resource through direct engagement with the sea angling community.

The survey is part of a Northern Ireland Inshore Fisheries project funded by the European Fisheries Fund, through the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and headed by the Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute.

In 2007 a review of inshore fisheries highlighted the fact that “the social and economic contribution of sea angling to Northern Ireland is not known and as a result, there is a lack of government support and investment in this sector. There is also a scarcity of data on sea angling in Northern Ireland”.

While previous studies examined the socio-economic benefits of sea angling, this survey will provide a unique opportunity for individual anglers to have their say on what matters most to them.

Information gleaned from fishing trips, locations, catches, cost factors and perceptions of how good (or bad) angling is perceived, will provide a better understanding around the coast and fuel support for government backing and investment.

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. To become involved, complete the questionnaire online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BMFKQ5Y. If further information is required, contact: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

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