Sea angling worth £2Bn

defraRecreational sea angling in England supported over two billion pounds in total spending and supported over 23,000 jobs in 2012 according to the results published today of Sea Angling 2012 – a survey of recreational sea angling activity and economic value in England

The results from the project – which was set up by Defra to find out how many sea anglers there are, how many fish are caught and returned and what the economic and social value of sea angling is—also estimates there are 890,000 recreational sea anglers in England – two per cent of the country’s total adult population.

This chimes well with the £150 million and 150,000 sea anglers identified in the Scottish Government’s Economic Study documented in the Radford Report.

In a similar vein, English sea anglers contributing to the surveys identified improving fish stocks as the single most important factor for increasing participation in sea angling and declining fish stocks as the most important factor in declining participation, highlighting the huge benefits of more anglers spending more money that could be provided if fish stocks were restored and managed to cater for the £2 billion per-year sea angling sector.

However, as we have seen in Scotland, the fact that sea angling is not subsidised, has a low impact on marine biodiversity and delivers tremendous socio-economic benefit counts for little with government’s who favour and promote uneconomic and destructive fishing practices.

The project, which was carried out by Cefas, the Marine Management Organisation, social research company Substance, and the Inshore Fishery and Conservation Authorities, comprised a range of surveys which took place between January 2012 and August 2013.

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