A New National Strategy for Angling

National Angling Survey now CLOSED – thanks for your input.
If you are not an angler, please take the Non Angler Survey here

A new National Angling Strategy is being produced to shape the future of the sport – and we will need your help. The Environment Agency has commissioned research company Substance to research and develop a new National Angling Strategy for 2019-2024.

The strategy will consider:

  • How more people can take part so more people benefit from angling.
  • How angling can contribute to society in relation to health, sport and the environment.
  • The governance and funding of angling.
  • The development of both freshwater and sea angling.
  • How angling can help fisheries become more sustainable.

What work is being done?

  • Consultation with angling, environmental and sports bodies.
  • A National Angling Survey and surveys of junior anglers and non-anglers
  • The development of a draft strategy and further consultation.
  • The strategy will be published in Spring 2019.

How can YOU be involved?

  • Take the National Angling Survey and forward this page to all anglers and non-anglers you know.

Not an angler? We want to hear from you too!


The strategy is being developed in partnership with a range of bodies that the EA currently works with – such as the Angling Trust and angling charities; environmental organisations such as River Trusts; the Institute of Fisheries Management; and the angling trade. It covers England and Wales and freshwater and sea angling.


Adam Brown, Head of Research, Substance: nationalangling@substance.net

Tom Sherwood, Senior Advisor (Partnerships), Environment Agency: tom.sherwood@environment-agency.gov.uk