Recreational Fishery Case Study (UK)
The value of recreational angling is substantial. In the UK, diverse branches of the sport – principally broken down into freshwater coarse fishing, game fishing, and sea fishing – contribute significant economic and social value as well as bolstering of the case for protection of fish stocks and wetland health. The contribution of angling to the economy, as a form of informal monitoring, as a contribution to activity and health, and to social cohesion and inclusion has to date been substantially under-represented. So too has been the value of fit and functional wetland ecosystems sustaining populations of fish of recreational interest. Recreational angling interests also provide a political voice to campaign for protection of fish stocks and wetland environments. Through multiple dimensions, recreational angling makes a substantial contribution to human well-being and strengthens the case for better stewardship of diverse wetland ecosystems, both in the UK and globally.
KeywordsRecreation Cultural service Angling Game angling sea angling Course angling Indicator Conservation Reinvestment
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