Angling in the rural environment: Would more anglers be good for our countryside?

A Relu Policy and Practice Note (No. 21) that considers the management necessary for any environmental, social or economic benefits to be realised from increased opportunities for angling.

Year of Publication2010

The Environment Agency has argued that increasing the opportunities for freshwater angling will have environmental, social and economic benefits. However, if such benefits are to be achieved without corresponding costs, any expansion of angling will require careful management. An increase in the numbers of anglers would have implications for the natural environment and the rural economy. Although often a social activity, angling is intensely individualistic and diverse: anglers may fish for different species, use a range of different techniques, fish alone or in competition. Governance of the sport is made more difficult as a result, and organisations which need to communicate or consult with practitioners have found this problematic. In order to get recognition and support angling needs to make its case clearly heard.

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