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Sea Angling 2012

The final report of the project Sea Angling 2012 – a survey of recreational sea angling activity and economic value in England was released on 27 November 2013.

Sea Angling 2012 was a new government-sponsored project to provide data on recreational sea angling that can help improve the scientific understanding of fish stocks off our coast, as well as ensuring that the needs of sea angling can be represented as effectively as possible in future marine policy development.

The online economic and catch surveys, and the face-to-face interviews with anglers all round the coast of England, have now been completed. Thank you to the many thousands of sea anglers who took part in the surveys – it has been a tremendous response. Thanks also to the many surveyors from the inshore fisheries and conservation authorities and from Substance who covered many miles of coastline, often in difficult conditions, to carry out interviews with anglers.

The data collected will enable national and local policy makers to make informed decisions on fisheries management, and provide the sea angling community with information to help them develop their own views and policies. This will benefit anglers and businesses while helping to conserve and improve fish stocks by ensuring management decisions are based on the best possible scientific data.

The project looked at how to provide the most cost-effective information on:

  • the number of people who go sea angling during the year
  • how often they fish from the shore or from boats in different parts of England
  • numbers and sizes of fish caught or released to the sea
  • the social and economic importance of sea angling in England

The project was been carried out by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and individual inshore fisheries and conservation authorities (IFCAs), in collaboration with the social research co-operative Substance.

Image of a sea angler fishing from the shore

Latest news and updates

(27 November) Final Sea Angling 2012 report published

The final report, 'Sea Angling 2012 – a survey of recreational sea angling activity and economic value in England' has been published including a summary of findings.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has also published a press release – 'Sea Angling boosts the economy and creates jobs'.


(6 November) New steering group meeting minutes published
The minutes and agenda from the steering group meeting on 16 October 2013 are now available.


(10 April) Quarter 2 and quarter 3 survey prize draw winners
Following the quarter 2 and quarter 3 online surveys the winners of the rod and reels, Starter Tele Kit and Go Outdoors vouchers have been announced.