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Environment Agency commissions survey on Angling

The Environment AgencyAnglers are being asked to help in a survey about patterns of angling activity and spending across England and Wales in 2005.

The research team is asking everyone who went freshwater fishing last year to complete a questionnaire on-line at: http://www.gcal.ac.uk/econsurv/anglersurvey.htm.

The project, which has been commissioned by the Environment Agency and Defra, will help to understand how important freshwater fishing can be for jobs and incomes in different regions of England and Wales. The results are expected to influence the future development of fisheries.

Dr Guy Mawle, Fisheries Policy Officer for the Environment Agency, said: "This study will show us and the Government how important freshwater angling can be for jobs and incomes across England and Wales.

"We need anglers to provide the basic information. We'd like everyone who went freshwater fishing in England or Wales during 2005 to take part. It doesn't matter where you come from or how keen you are. The questionnaire only takes about 10 minutes to complete so it won't take up much of your time."

Anglers who have any queries about the survey are asked to telephone the Environment Agency's Customer Care Contact Centre on 08708 506506.


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