Sea Angling Science
The Angling Trust collaborates with a variety of partners on science and conservation projects with a strong focus on sea angling and recreationally-important species. We work in partnerships that value recreational sea angling as an important social and economic contributor to coastal communities and understand the unique role anglers play in further understanding our coastline.
Anglers and skippers are the eyes and ears for our seas. After many years spent on or by the ocean they have accumulated a great wealth of knowledge that is highly valuable in further understanding UK seas. Many species of recreational interest are considered to be data poor and we prioritise collaborating on scientific projects that the angling community have voiced would be valuable to them.
Why is data important for recreational sea angling?
Data is an ally in defending the interests of our sport, supporting its sustainability and promoting the benefits of sea angling to coastal communities socially and economically. It ensures our sports future and that we can create a better sea angling experience both now and in the future to secure the next generation. Under the Fisheries Act (2020) recreational sea angling is a named stakeholder for the first time. That brings with it a number of opportunities, but also many challenges on the horizon. For us to continue in the best interests of protecting fish, fishing and the environment robust data is vital to strengthening our lobbying positions to government and to delivering the healthy fisheries that our sport depends upon.