Sea Angling 2012: New online surveys launched
02 April 2012
A new online survey is being launched in April for sea anglers
to contribute to Sea Angling 2012, the largest survey yet
of sea angling activity, catches and economic value in England.
All sea anglers who fish from the shore or boats
- beginners and experts alike - are invited to
participate in the survey, and have a chance to win fishing tackle
prizes. Simply click on the project website www.seaangling2012.org.uk
and follow the links.
The survey will ask about the number of days anglers fished in
different regions, and about the species that were caught. It will
also ask how the quality of sea angling has changed over the
This first online survey is specifically covering the period
January to March 2012, and further surveys will go online in July,
October and the following January to cover the rest of 2012.
This is one of several surveys comprising Sea Angling
2012 - information is being collected directly from anglers
during their fishing trips all round the coast, and an online
survey is also available now on the Sea Angling 2012
website for sea anglers to tell us how much they spend on sea
angling and the other benefits they get from the sport. The
economic survey is being run by the social research co-operative Substance in collaboration
with Cefas and the Universities of Cardiff and Newcastle.
Anglers contributing to these surveys are in with a chance to
win rods, reels and tackle vouchers from Daiwa,
Shimano, Go Outdoors
and Pure Fishing in our
quarterly prize draws - see the project website www.seaangling2012.org.uk
for details of the prizes available and how to win them.
The Project Manager, Cefas' Mike Armstrong, said: "We are
carrying out these online surveys alongside the direct interviews
with anglers to help build up a more complete picture of sea
angling activity and its economic and social benefits in
"Taking part in the surveys is voluntary," he continued, "but we
hope that most anglers will participate as they will see the
benefits of having evidence that can give sea angling a bigger
voice in the development of marine policy. Even if you are just a
beginner, or didn't catch much - we still want to hear from
The Sea Angling 2012 project is the biggest-ever survey
of the sport in England. The project is being run throughout 2012
by Cefas on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs (Defra), and in collaboration with the
Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities who are
interviewing anglers directly for this project, and by the Marine Management
Sea Angling 2012 aims to improve the scientific
understanding of fish stocks off the English coast and to ensure
that the needs of sea angling are represented as effectively as
possible in future marine policy development.
Notes to editors
- For more about the aims of the Sea Angling 2012
project, visit its website: www.seaangling2012.org.uk.
- Cefas is the UK's largest and 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, conducts world-class scientific
research, and facilitates collaborative action through wide-ranging
relationships. For more detail about its range of activities visit
- The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is an executive
non-departmental public body (NDPB) established in April 2010 and
given powers under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA).
Its mission is to enable the sustainable development of English
seas. More information on the MMO is available from its website http://www.marinemanagement.org.uk/