Sport fishing in the EU

Sport fishing in the EU is a popular pastime and also one that has significant economic implications. In the industrialised world an estimated 10% of the adult population goes fishing regularly and many fish for pleasure occasionally. Interest in angling has created an industry centred on sport fishers that includes fishing gear, infrastructure and services. Angling has a mixed reputation with regard to its impact on the environment with its defenders saying fishermen preserve the environment and opponents claiming they damage stocks. The truth probably lies somewhere in between, but is difficult to verify as data about angling is either non-existent or of poor quality. This needs to change and both the authorities and the anglers themselves have a role to play here. Better data should lead to improved management of the sport and will benefit not only anglers, but all those that are directly or indirectly involved in this activity.  For more information go to Eurofish Magazine.