Irish angling economic study

irish fisheriesInland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has appointed Tourism Development International (TDI) to undertake a Socio-Economic Survey of Recreational Angling in Ireland to establish the volume and value of domestic and tourism related recreational angling in Ireland.

Anglers from all sectors of the sport be invited to participate in Irelands most comprehensive angling survey undertaken in decades. The Survey will inform IFI and its tourism partners in relation to the angling product in Ireland and also enable improved strategic planning and decision making in respect of product development and marketing.

“Anglers are the key to this survey”, commented Minister Fergus O Dowd, TD, “they know the resource and they understand the importance of sustainability. What anglers contribute to Ireland’s economy is unknown but I am certain that it is significant. Angling takes place in every river and lake in Ireland and all around our coastline. There is no town or village in Ireland that doesn’t have anglers.

“It is imperative that the inland fisheries and sea angling resources are managed in the best way possible to ensure enjoyment for our local and visiting anglers, sustainable jobs in rural communities and maximising its potential to add to Ireland’s economy. Getting the right information from those most involved will greatly assist in improving the angling product.”

The survey will comprise two parts, similar to the one conducted in Scotland, a household survey and a survey of anglers which will commence in April and run over the course of 2012.

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