Substance has led the development of research into the social impact of recreational angling in the UK since 2005.

Including major studies for the Home Office, Big Lottery Fund, Defra, the Environment Agency, Angling Trust, MMO, Cefas and others (e.g. rivers trusts, angling charities).

We research angling’s social and economic impact, its impact on well-being and nature connectedness, attitudes to management and policy, and environmental impact and catch surveys – most notably the Sea Angling Diary Project research and the Catchwise project.

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Nature connectedness

Social and economic impact

  • We pioneered work on youth development through angling for the Big Lottery Fund and the wider social and community benefits of angling.
  • We have developed strategies for angling’s development including two National Angling Strategies (2012 and 2019-24 for the Environment Agency).
  • We have supported the development of angling tourism for rural communities and helped communities promote their angling offer – view here

  • In other outdoor recreation we delivered major studies for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). This focused on improving coastal safety through advanced analysis to profile the risks of different coastal audiences.

The Sea Angling Diary Project has been delivered by Substance and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) since 2016.

The project helps to report the activity, catches and economic and social value of recreational sea angling, which is used to inform better decision making about the future and development of sea angling.

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