Assessing the contribution of recreational sea angling to the English economy

Annette Roberts, Max Munday, Neil Roche, Adam Brown, Mike Armstrong, Jodie Hargreaves, Sarah Pilgrim-Morrison, Kevin Williamson, Kieran Hyder

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Sea angling has been shown to be a high value activity with significant expenditure by individuals on their sport. Deriving estimates of the economic contribution of recreational sea angling is important in a number of related policy contexts, from tourism management and economic development policy, to the sustainable management of inshore fish stocks. This paper reveals some of the challenges in understanding the economic effects associated with recreational sea angling, and provides estimates of the economic value of recreational sea angling in England. The results were derived from research undertaken in England in 2011-13, which was conducted as part a wide ranging government-funded study, Sea Angling 2012, that estimated sea angler catches, spending and activity. Recreational sea angling made a significant contribution to the economy, supporting just over £2 billion of total spending, and 23,600 jobs in England in 2012-13. The implications of these results are discussed in the context of the management of recreational sea angling in England.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-152
Number of pages7
JournalMarine Policy
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


  • Economic impact
  • English economy
  • Evidence-based policy
  • Input-output analysis
  • Recreational sea angling

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