• Study to survey sea fishing in Northern Ireland

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    A survey is underway in Northern Ireland to evaluate sea angling around the coastline. It wants information from anglers, even those who only fish infrequently, to provide information on where they fish, what they catch, what they spend and their perceptions of how good (or bad) angling is. It’s being undertaken by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and will play a key role in assessing how important sea angling is to the economy and how it should be treated. So all anglers, even those who have gone to Northern Ireland on holiday, are encouraged to fill in the survey. You can find it here. A review of inshore fisheries in Northern Ireland in 2007 highlighted the fact that “the social and economic contribution of sea angling to Northern Ireland is not known and as a result, there is a lack of government support and investment in this sector. There is also a scarcity of data on sea angling in Northern Ireland.” They don’t hurry, these government departments, do they?



    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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