A New National Strategy for Angling

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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?

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