Just Launched!
New Mobile App for the Sea Angling Diary

Substance is delighted to announce the launch of our new Sea Angling Diary Mobile App!

Take part in the project and you get free use of this bespoke mobile app.

With the Sea Angling Diary Mobile App you can:
- Record fishing sessions and locations and view them on a map
- Record your catches
- Input and access information even when out fishing

The App is ONLY AVAILABLE if you sign up for the Sea Angling Diary project. Do that here.

Get the App here:

AndroidGet it on Google Play


Join the Diary and WIN PRIZES

Get fantastic REWARDS when you take part!

EVERYONE who signs up also gets an electronic copy of Sea Angler!

EVERY MONTH there’s a draw for 1 x £50 and 1 x £25 Fishing Megastore voucher and 1 x £25 Amazon voucher.

EVERY Quarter there are 500 electronic copies of Sea Angler Magazine to be won!

Click here to enter

Terms and conditions apply.

Last month’s winners (August 2019):

  • David won £50 Fishing Megastore Voucher
  • Simon won £25 Fishing Megastore Voucher
  • Mark won £25 Amazon Voucher

Last Month's Activity - October !

Take Part because:

You will help protect marine stocks. Whether you fish a lot or very occasionally, by joining the diary project you will contribute to national research to manage marine stocks.

You get a free, smart ANGLING DIARY tool (with an app to be developed). Plus a free Fish ID booklet and catch recording kit.

You can show the sea angling's value. Recording what you do, catch and spend helps show the importance of sea angling’s impact.

Click here to sign up NOW.


Further Information

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.

Contact Substance: seaanglingdiary@substance.net