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Consortium named to carry out EU fisheries survey

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A consortium of three scientific institutes will carry out a survey of recreational sea fishing in Europe.

A consortium made up of three scientific institutes will carry out a survey into the value of recreational sea fishing in Europe and its impact on fish stocks.

The much sought after work, which has been consistently called for by the European Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) and the European Anglers Alliance (EAA), has been commissioned by the European Parliament.

Winners of the €120,000 contract are:

Jan Kappel, EFTTA Public Affairs Officer, said: “We are very happy that these three bodies have won the contract. Each of these institutes have staff with extensive knowledge of recreational fisheries.”

The project is being headed by Kieran Hyder, of Cefas, who serves as one of the two chairs on the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), a scientific advisor to the EU Commission. The other co-chair of the ICES Working Group on Recreational Fisheries Surveys is Vincent Strehlow, of the Thünen Institute.

“EFTTA and the EAA have urged for many years that more and better data about recreational fishing is needed for the management of stocks as well as for stakeholders who have a direct economic interest in a sustainable and prosperous recreational fisheries sector.

“The study will provide some data, but more is needed. EFTTA continues to lobby for a pan-European survey every five years. It should include both marine and freshwater fisheries. It has been carried out in North America since the 1950s – it is time the EU followed suit.”

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