Anglers National Fishing Survey- last chance to have your say

Last chance for anglers to take part in 2009 national fishing survey

Anglers are being urged to complete a unique survey as part of a national research programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which is collecting information about the social and community benefits of angling.

The online questionnaire asks anglers questions about their participation in the sport, such as why they go fishing and for what? How much physical activity does their participation involve, are they members of an angling club and how do they feel about the future of the sport?

The aim of the questionnaire is to build a clear picture of how people in England and Scotland are involved in angling and the benefits individuals and communities receive from angling participation.

The online survey will take anglers just 15 minutes to complete and their involvement will provide vital information for this research, helping angling organisations and projects to make a compelling case for government and other support in the future.

The survey closes on 31 October 2009 but will be repeated again in 2010 and 2011. Anglers are also asked to leave details to take part in other aspects of the research.

The questionnaire is part of a major, three-year research programme that also looks at the benefits angling can bring to young people, how it can challenge social exclusion and develop youngsters’ confidence and educational achievement.

An additional component of the research considers the role of angling in developing rural communities. An in-depth study of the remote fishing area of Assynt in Sutherland, Scotland will explore how angling can provide benefits for residents and visitors.

Dr Adam Brown, Director of Substance, is leading the research. He said: “Around 3.9million people go fishing in the UK but not much is known about how angling benefits individuals, young people and local communities. We need anglers to take part in this survey so we can understand the influence angling has on them and the communities around them.”

The research, supported by the Angling Trust, the Environment Agency and a range of other angling organisations in the UK, is being undertaken by Substance, an independent, not-for-profit social research company. All information will be anonymised and no individual personal data will be disclosed.

To complete the online survey click here

Media Enquiries:
Rowan Atkins
M: 07834 158 725

Notes to editors

‘The Social and Community Benefits of Angling’
This 3-year research project by Substance, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, is a major, new research programme on the social and community benefits of angling. The research will be carried out by Substance, a social research cooperative, and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund research grant from January 2009 – January 2012. The research will investigate the roles angling can play for those who participate in it, young people and the communities in which it takes place.

The research is also supported by the Angling Trust, Environment Agency, Get Hooked
On Fishing, Trout in the Town and others.

Why Is the Research Needed?
Millions of people go fishing, but not much is widely known about the activity in terms of the particular benefits individuals, young people and local communities can get from it. There have been some big claims made about angling – that it has a range of benefits for participants (including health, volunteering, socialisation); that it can help young people in terms of education and social inclusion; and that it can help develop rural communities and local environments. Yet the evidence base for this work is underdeveloped and organisations involved, as well as policymakers, need more research to understand, develop and maximise angling’s profile. Those representing angling need such information to help ‘make the case’ for public and government support.

The project will work closely with angling and community organisations and charities, policymakers and anglers to help address gaps in knowledge and provide evidence of angling’s role to help influence changes in policy as well as highlight best practice.

Media Enquiries:
Rowan Atkins
M: 07834 158 725