2014 ISSUES

 

SEA ANGLING WALES

January 2014

Summary of Sea Angling Value in Wales based upon Defra Sea Angling 2012 and Wales Tourist Board data

 

England

Wales

 

 

 

 

Data Source

Sea Angling 2012

Based upon SA2012

WTB

 

 

 

Adult Population (000s)

41,726

2,275

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Anglers number

884,000

45,500

100,000

250,000

Sea Anglers % adults

2

2

4.4

11

 

 

 

Coastline (miles)

5,580

870

Coast per 1000 adults (yards)

235

673

Coast per sea angler (yards)

11

34

15

6

 

 

 

 

 

Total Spend (£million)

1,230

63

139

347

 

 

 

 

 

Direct Spend* (£ m)

831

43

95

237

Gross Value added (£m)

360

19

42

105

Jobs (FTEs)

10,400

535

1,177

2,943

 

 

 

 

 

Total Spend** (£m)

2,100

108

238

594

Gross Value added (£m)

980

50

110

275

Jobs (FTEs)

23,600

1215

2673

6,683

 

 

 

 

 

Time fished (000s angler days)

4,000

 

 

 

Shore

3,000

 

 

 

Private Boat

1,000

 

 

 

Charter Boat

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tourist  angling (17,000 holidays)

 

 

 

Shore

 

 

69

Private Boat

 

 

16

Charter Boat

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* excludes imports and taxes

 

 

 

 

** includes indirect and induced factors

 

 

 

 

GFAC PRESS RELEASE

May 2014

UK’s Sea Anglers Come Together To ‘Give Fish A Chance’
National sea angling organisations and NGOs from around the UK have come together to develop common policies regarding the threats and problems facing sea fish and sea angling around the waters of the UK.
The initiative, to be known as Give Fish A Chance, will provide common sense advice on how anglers can contribute to conservation through a series of voluntary measures as well as promoting best practice in all aspects of sea angling.
As a first step the coalition is keen to promote the work that has already been done in Scotland by The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network and produce a common UK GFAC size table so that anglers can be confident what size each species must be to have had the opportunity to have bred at least once.
Give Fish A Chance will also include carrying out research projects, campaigning for the restoration of fish stocks and their management for the benefit of all.
Give Fish A Chance is being supported by the Scottish and Welsh Federations of Sea Anglers, the Angling Trust, and the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN) who conceived the policy in 2009.
Support for GFAC is open to all clubs, associations, federations and other organisations; several representative bodies from around the UK have already expressed an in joining.
David Mitchell, Marine Campaigns Manager at the Angling Trust said, “We know anglers care passionately about the conservation of fish stocks and practice their own codes of conservation whilst also enjoying catching fish for the table. Give Fish A Chance is a great opportunity for the sea angling communities in the UK to come together on common issues that affect us all and provide a clear and common sense message that sea anglers can support”.
Steve Bastiman, Conservation Officer of the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network, said, “Many anglers, whilst enjoying their sport and occasionally taking a fish for the table, are keen to do what they can to ensure the minimal impact to the environment and to the fish themselves - The GFAC size is a simple measure to help ensure the viability of fish stocks."
Roger Cook, Conservation Officer for the Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers, said, "WFSA has a good record in conservation of individual specimen and record fish, and anglers can claim Welsh Records without having to kill fish.  In match fishing, too, fish survival is emphasised. WFSA is pleased to support Give Fish a Chance. These carefully worked out sizes will help all anglers contribute to conserving fish stocks."

 

Notes to editors:

  • The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN) is an independent Charity formed in 2007 which focuses on marine conservation issues, especially those affecting sea anglers. We work in partnership with many other organisations, at national and local levels, to try and improve fish stocks and ensure there will be more and bigger fish for anglers to catch.

    It is recognised that a healthy marine environment makes a significant and direct contribution to four of the Scottish Government’s strategic objectives – Wealthier and fairer, Smarter, Healthier, Greener and links directly to their National Outcome 12: “we value and enjoy our built and natural environment and protect it and enhance it for future generations.”

    Websites - http://www.ssacn.org , http://www.tagsharks.com
    Social Media - http://facebook.com/scottishsharktaggingprogramme
    Contact email - contact@ssacn.org
    Contact: Ian Burrett, Chair; SSACN – 01776 840346 or

Steve Bastiman; Conservation Officer – 01723 871187

  • The Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers is the national governing body of the sport of sea angling in Wales.  WFSA organizes national teams of anglers for international competitions from shore and in boats and team managers are members of the NEC. 

WFSA NEC members serve on the Welsh Marine Fisheries Management and Advisory Group and on the regional Inshore Fishery Groups.
WFSA promotes a conservation approach to angling and has rules and a code of conduct to support this approach in all forms of sea angling. Further details are available via our website at http://www.wfsa.org.uk/.
Contact: Roger Cook, WFSA Environment and Conservation Officer – 07968 968753

  • The Angling Trust is recognised by the government as the single representative body for all game, coarse and sea angling in England. It fights for fish and fishing by working to improve and protect fish stocks, promoting the benefits of angling for all, standing up for the environment and supporting excellence in angling. www.anglingtrust.net

Contact: David Mitchell, Marine Campaigns Manager – 07946263131

 

ELASMOBRANCH EVIDENCE GROUP

August 2014

Elasmobranch Evidence Group

A new group has been set up to look at fishery policies and elasmobranchs -sharks, skates and rays in Wales.

The first meeting included people from Natural Resources Wales, Seafish, Welsh Fishermen’s Association, Welsh Government and Roger Cook from Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers.

The objectives of the group are to link proposals for fishery management to evidence needs and priorities.  The Group is to look at data gathering needed to address evidence gaps in order to protect species and to guide sustainable fishery management.

It is envisaged that the Group will develop links to the Welsh Government Marine Transition Programme and the emerging European Marine and Fisheries Fund.

The group is likely to meet twice a year and have regular email communication to discuss progress and delivery of objectives. We will review the progress of the group and outputs at least once every year.

Roger will report progress to the WFSA National Committee though his reports as Environment Officer and keep members informed of what is going on.  He would appreciate input from members too, on issues of current /future concern and will come back to you as the group programme of work develops.