Support the Sea Angling Diary Project!


The Sea Angling Diary Project is enlisting sea anglers from across the UK to help improve the marine environment through better management of fish stocks and demonstrate the impact of sea angling on the country.


With anglers from across the UK already providing information through a bespoke, free online diary, the project is seeking to significantly expand numbers to improve the quality of information. Anglers of all abilities are being asked to sign up - whether you’re a time served, year-round dedicated sea angler or you fish in the sea occasionally, maybe on holiday. Anglers based in Northern Ireland and Scotland are particularly encouraged to participate!


You can join the study by completing a short survey here:

The project, which began life as Sea Angling 2016 has been re-named the Sea Angling Diary Project. Information gathered will be used to calculate the numbers of people fishing and where and how often they do it; and the economic value of sea angling to the UK economy. Crucially it will show what is caught and where – and the proportions of fish returned as well as kept - to show the real impact of angling on the environment.

Those who take part receive a:

Free log in to a unique Online Catch Diary Tool to record fishing trips and catches. Diary Kit comprising: a Sea Fish Identification Booklet; waterproof catch recording notebook; tape measure.

An online guidance document explaining how to use the diary and support via email or phone when required.

Access to the brand new Sea Angling Diary Mobile App which is scheduled to launch in June 2019 - designed to operate alongside the online web diary, the mobile app will allow you to record your catch on the go!


A chance to win prizes in our monthly prize Draw – everyone completing their diary will have the chance to win £50 or £25 tackle vouchers, or a £25 Amazon voucher.

Quarterly Prize Draw - every three months - 500 electronic copies of Sea Angler magazine to be won!

 The survey is funded by the UK Governments and commissioned by the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). It is carried out by research company Substance, who have undertaken a wealth of research to show the impact of angling and support its development in the last decade (

 Dr Adam Brown from Substance said: ‘It is vital that we know more about sea angling in the UK so that it is properly represented. It is hugely important to get accurate data to support sea angling development, improve fish stocks and demonstrate its economic value. The more people that take part in our exciting Sea Angling Diary project, the better that data will be.’

 Dr Kieran Hyder (Cefas) said, ‘It is really important that sea anglers contribute to this survey, as it will help build the evidence needed to improve our ability to conserve fish stocks. The survey aims to collect data that is as accurate as possible about what is caught, released and spent by sea anglers in the UK. This will help enable the sea angling community to demonstrate its real impact more effectively.’

 Information collected will be published and provided to European, national and local policy makers to make better informed decisions on fisheries management, as well as provided to the sea angling community with information to enable them to develop their own views and policies.  

 The project is supported by a wealth of angling organisations, including: Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers, Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers, Fishing NI, Angling Trades Association, British Sea Fishing website. It reports to Dept of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Marine Scotland, Welsh Government and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland.

 To find out more visit:

Contact: Dr Adam Brown, Head of Research at Substance:

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