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Marine Survey reveals your sea angling priorities for the Angling Trust

31.10.19

Bexhill beach fishing

Respondents to a sea angling survey say they would like the Angling Trust to make communication, supporting campaigns, helping to get more people fishing and hosting of sea angling forums as our main priorities.

More than a third of the people invited took part in our Marine Survey with 747 respondents partially or wholly completing the questions.

Of these, 509 respondents were aware that the Angling Trust has Marine Regions and what they do. But 238 did not, even though they were members, or members of member clubs.

Most responses were from people associated with the current Marine Regions although other areas – such as Cornwall, North West, North East and Eastern – were also well represented, suggesting there is strong interest in our work and that they could be prioritised as we develop new Marine Regions.

Only around 10% of respondents are actively involved with their local Marine Regions but 96 people were keen to support them as volunteers. Only 17% of respondents were involved in any form of work with partner organisations.

The survey findings indicated that the main priorities for the Angling Trust should be:

1. Communication

2. Supporting angling campaigns

3. Helping to increase participation

4. Hosting forums

5. Helping and offering advice to members

6. Helping and advising clubs

7. Sourcing and supporting funding applications

8. Publicising and supporting competitions

9. Publicising and organising social events

Except for sea angling forums, most of these represent work that the Angling Trust already does to support sea angling. With nearly half of all respondents saying they would be interested in attending forums, the Angling Trust has responded quickly and organised four events across the south of England before the end of the year.

Facebook and the Angling Trust website were identified as the most effective ways that Marine Regions could help Angling Trust member clubs publicise sea angling competitions and participation events such as family fishing days. This was notable as nearly 72% of respondents were unaware that current Marine Regions had their own websites and 379 respondents said they never received updates from the current Angling Trust Marine Regions.

Over 60% of respondents said they did not look at Angling Trust social media, perhaps reflecting the age profile of respondents. A significant majority of 80% said the best way to communicate with them was via the Sea Newsletter. As further Marine Regions are developed respondents said that the best way for Angling Trust to communicate with them would be by the Sea Newsletter, with Facebook and the Anglin Trust website seen as important but secondary.

When asked very few respondents said they had applied for any funding to support competitions, participation events or family fun days. Where funding had been applied for it was to local authorities, commercial sponsors and others such as the National Lottery. This suggests that respondents may not be aware of what funding opportunities may be available to them.


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