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Fantastic rewards from Fishing Megastore and Sea Angler if you sign up to the diary!

EVERYONE who signs up receives a FREE copy of Sea Angler magazine direct to your door!

Monthly Prize Draw when you enter info each month in 2018:
  • 1 x £50 Fishing Megastore voucher
  • 1 x £25 Fishing Megastore voucher
  • 1 x £25 Amazon voucher

Quarterly Prize Draw Every 3 months - 500 electronic copies of Sea Angler Magazine to be won!

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Why Take Part in the Sea Angling Diary Project

Access a state of the art Online Catch Diary to record your fishing trips and catches.

Help the sustainable management of fish stocks.

Help demonstrate the importance of sea angling in the UK.


Win tackle and Amazon vouchers when you record fishing and catches.

About the Sea Angling Diary Project

The Sea Angling Diary Project is a vital study in which anglers from across the UK record their catches and spending.

The study is part of ongoing work to record the ACTIVITY and CATCHES of recreational sea anglers and the VALUE of the sport in the UK.

It follows similar studies in 2012 and 2016 and is vital in ensuring that the government is properly informed about the impact of sea angling.

Find out more here

What do YOU get?

Take part and get:

  • Access to a unique Online Catch Diary Tool with personalised dashboard
  • A Diary pack with:
    • A Sea Fish Identification Book
    • A Catch Recoding Kit, including bespoke waterproof catch recording notebook and tape measure.
  • The chance to win a £50 or a £25 tackle voucher OR a £25 Amazon voucher EACH MONTH in 2017 that you enter information into the diary.

How do I take part?

Taking part is simple:

  1. Complete the sign up survey by clicking here. This will only take 10 minues and asks some basic information about your sea angling.
  2. Confirm you want to take part and leave contact details.

That's it. You will then receive a diary pack from us with a Fish ID booklet, waterporoof notebook, tape measure, guidance and log in to use the diary.

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Angling organisations supporting the project:

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Who is Doing the Sea Angling Diary Project?

The research is commissioned by Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) on behalf of the UK governments and is being carried out by Substance who have undertaken a wealth of research to support the development of angling in the UK in the last decade. For more informationc on some of Substance's previous angling work, see our Angling Research site.

Why is the Sea Angling Diary Project Being Conducted?

The results of the diary study will help the UK meet its obligations to report on recreational catches of certain species as specified by the EU Data Collection Framework and the EU Council Regulation 1224/2009. The Data Collection Framework was established in 2002 to encourage EU Member States collect sufficient data to allow the state of European fish stocks to be monitored as accurately as possible by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas and by the EU Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee on Fisheries. It requires collection of recreational fishery data from all forms of non-commercial fishing from shore and boats.

What will data be used for?

The data collected will be provided to national and local policy makers to make better informed decisions on fisheries management, as well as provide the sea angling community with information to help them develop their own views and policies. By having data that is accurate as possible about what is caught, released and spent by sea anglers in the UK, helps enable the sea angling community demonstrate its real impact more effectively.

Data from the Sea Angling Diary Project will allow the governments in the UK to have as accurate a picture as possible about sea angling in the UK - what is caught and what is spent.

Sea Angling 2016

Sea Angling 2016 was a project in which 500 sea anglers completed an online diary about their sea angling trips and catches during the year. Diarists also provided details of what they spent on sea angling trips and angling purchases to demonstrate the economic value of the activity. The summary report will be available here later in 2017.

Sea Angling 2012 was a multi-faceted research project in which 11,000 anglers in England provided information on what they caught and what they spent. It is estimated that:

  • There are 884,000 sea anglers in England, 2% of all adults
  • They spent £1.23billion on the sport, supporting 23,600 jobs once indirect and induced effects are into account
  • The most common species caught, by number, were mackerel and whiting.
  • Shore anglers released around 75% of the fish caught, many of which were undersized, and boat anglers released around 50% of their fish.

You can access more information about Sea Angling 2012 by downloading the Final Report here.

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